Sabisky: a true disciple of Cummings

From the Observer, October 12, 2013: Michael Gove urged to reject 'chilling views' of his special adviser  Education secretary Michael Gove, left, with policy adviser Dominic Cummings. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Michael Gove is under pressure to distance himself from his closest policy adviser after he wrote that most teachers were "mediocre" and claimed that a child's … Continue reading Sabisky: a true disciple of Cummings

Sabisky: Johnson stands by a racist

Above: two creatures of Cummings' The significance of the Sabisky affair is not so much the ignorance and eccentricity of this particular Cummings protege, but the fact that Johnson refused to comment. He plainly intended to follow the Trump example, and simply ignore "liberal" outrage. The charlatan-PM's spokesman repeatedly refused to say whether his boss … Continue reading Sabisky: Johnson stands by a racist

Why we should object to ‘identity politics’ – and why not

Ever since the 2016 referendum, pro-Brexit 'leftists', like the Morning Star have identified a new and despicable force, threatening working class unity and making rational debate impossible: identity politics (sometimes also known as the “culture war” and, more recently, by the single word “woke”). A Morning Star editorial (2 Sep 2019) playing down the significance … Continue reading Why we should object to ‘identity politics’ – and why not

Anti-intellectualism on the left

This article appears (under the title Blaming "the intellectuals") in the present issue of Solidarity and on the Workers Liberty website. It is an important and timely piece. However, some of us here at Shiraz would take issue with the author's description of Ian Lavery MP as someone with "in many respects, a worthy record" … Continue reading Anti-intellectualism on the left

Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left

A personal view from Andrew Coates (first published at his blog, Tendance Coatesy): “Newly dominant reactionary forces call for the undermining trade pacts and presaging trade wars, denouncing supranational institutions and cosmopolitan elites, while stoking the flames of racism and violence against migrants. Even some on the left, some herald a renewed national sovereignty to … Continue reading Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left

The politics of Jewish victimization

People gathered for a news conference discussing the man accused of stabbing five Jewish people at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, N.Y. Picture: Yana Paskova for The New York Times By Barry Finger Orthodox Jews in the New York metropolitan area alone have been the victims of no less than a dozen attacks in the … Continue reading The politics of Jewish victimization

The selective amnesia of the Morning Star

This weekend's Morning Star is celebrating 90 years of publication (it began as the Daily Worker in January 1930). For those who don't know, the paper (despite claims to be run by "the People's Press Printing Society") has always been controlled by the British Communist Party (CPGB, now CPB). The present weekend edition gives readers … Continue reading The selective amnesia of the Morning Star