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

Salmond’s Alba ego-trip: “Just when you thought the circus had left town ….”

By Dale Street On Friday 26 March 2021 Alex Salmond announced his leadership of the Alba (Gaelic for: Scotland) Party. The Alba Party was founded in January 2021 by the retired television producer (and, in the 1970s, Socialist Worker journalist) Laurie Flynn. The party’s central goal is: “National independence for Scotland as an immediate necessity and overwhelming … Continue reading Salmond’s Alba ego-trip: “Just when you thought the circus had left town ….”

Pro-Assad academic tried to grass up human rights activists to Putin

As most of our readers will not have access to this report in the Times, we reproduce it here for the information of all those concerned with human rights and the activities of pro-Assad/pro-Putin stooges in academe: Edinburgh professor gave names to fake Russia spy Dominic Kennedy, Investigations Editor, Friday March 26 2021, the Times … Continue reading Pro-Assad academic tried to grass up human rights activists to Putin

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

Social media, fake news, free speech and the left

By Matt Cooper Part 1: After Twitter banned Trump Anyone who is not amused by the tantrum of a spoilt child who at long last breaks that gratingly noisy toy some distant relative unthinkingly gave them has a heart of stone. But just as most of us have qualms about openly mocking upset children, many … Continue reading Social media, fake news, free speech and the left

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.

The USA needs to be made a proper democracy

By Thomas Carolan The woman, in her late 20s, has been maced. Recovering slowly, she looks a bit sorry for herself, and complains indignantly. “As soon as I went into the Capitol, they maced me, right in my face.” Interviewer: “Yes, but why did you go in?” “Go in? For the revolution, of course.” Not … Continue reading The USA needs to be made a proper democracy

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