GMB: mudslinging at the top

By Dale Street Allegation and counter-allegation about GMB full-timers have been flying thick and fast. According to an article in Jewish News an (unnamed) GMB full-timer, speaking at a GMB Christmas party in 2019, had said that claims of antisemitism in the Labour Party were a smear spread by “rich Jewish bastards”. Although the matter had been … Continue reading GMB: mudslinging at the top

The many mysteries of Robert Maxwell

Fall: The Mystery Of Robert Maxwell, by John Preston (pub: Viking) The subtitle of this biography is The Mystery of Robert Maxwell. Mysteries certainly abound in this story - and not just about the fraudster’s death. The biggest mystery of all is how it was that this extraordinary charlatan was allowed to continue with his … Continue reading The many mysteries of Robert Maxwell

Institutional racism and left antisemitism

Above: 'denialists' lobbying the Labour National Executive Committee against the IHRA definition of antisemitism, 2018. (Photo/JTA-Stefan Rousseau-PA Images via Getty Images) “Outright racism still exists in the UK, whether it surfaces as graffiti on someone’s business, violence in the street, or prejudice in the labour market. It can cause a unique and indelible pain for … Continue reading Institutional racism and left antisemitism

Chomsky defends Miller – just as he defends the rights of “genuine war criminals”

US linguist and political dabbler Noam Chomsky (Photo by HEULER ANDREY/AFP via Getty Images) Lenin famously proclaimed that communists in Britain should support the leadership of the Labour party "as the rope supports the hanged man." Lenin (whose great wit is not always appreciated) was making a serious point, but also being deliberately facetious. People might … Continue reading Chomsky defends Miller – just as he defends the rights of “genuine war criminals”

David Miller: antisemite, conspiracy-theorist and Assad apologist

Above: a meeting of Labour Against the Witch Hunt in July last year: Miller and fellow antisemites, Assadists and conspiracy-theorising cranks David Miller, Professor of Political Sociology at Bristol University, has become something of a "free speech" cause célèbre in certain academic and political circles. It has to be said that many of the people … Continue reading David Miller: antisemite, conspiracy-theorist and Assad apologist

Holocaust Day marks persecution of Uighurs

From 'The Day': Jewish leaders stand up for Uighur Muslims Modern horror: China is believed to have sent over one million Uighurs to prison camps. Is hope made stronger through tragedy? On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the plight of the Uighurs and a new musical both remind us that genocide is more than a historical threat. … Continue reading Holocaust Day marks persecution of Uighurs

The IHRA definition: a reply to the Guardian letter signed by Sir Stephen Sedley et al.

Above: just one example of the campaign of misrepresentation of what the definition does, and does not, say about Israel and antisemitism with unevidenced claims about the definition’s alleged impact on free speech. First published on the Fathom website: On 7 January 2021 The Guardian published a letter from eight lawyers who claimed that the IHRA definition … Continue reading The IHRA definition: a reply to the Guardian letter signed by Sir Stephen Sedley et al.

Coatesy deals with Tariq Ali’s latest nonsense

Comrade Andrew 'Coatesy' Coates, himself a former member of Tariq Ali's International Marxist Group (IMG), deals with this preposterous figure's latest political fantasy, charlatanry and retreat into pro-Brexit Stalinism and denial of human rights: Tendance Coatesy (Left Socialist Blog) By Andrew Coates Tariq Ali Attacks John McDonnell and Welcomes Prospect of “Independent Labour Party” Breakaway, with … Continue reading Coatesy deals with Tariq Ali’s latest nonsense

The end of Corbyn’s credibility

The end of his credibility Martin Thomas, at Workers Liberty, has written: Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is launching a new "Peace and Justice Project". Sadly, its basis is no defined policies, but rather that it is "founded by Jeremy Corbyn".Its website is not named after policies or even general ideals, but thecorbynproject.com.The Labour left … Continue reading The end of Corbyn’s credibility

“Thousands and thousands” of suspensions from Labour?

By Martin Thomas “If I have to suspend thousands and thousands of members, we will do that", declared Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner on 29 November, following a new message from Labour Party general secretary David Evans that local Labour Party officials can be suspended for allowing debate on restoring the Labour whip to Jeremy Corbyn. Local … Continue reading “Thousands and thousands” of suspensions from Labour?