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 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

Andrew Murray’s very own “culture war”

Above: Andrew Philip Drummond-Murray's famous impression of the late Bob Crow Andrew Murray, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s key advisers, gave a “rare interview” to the Guardian last week in which he warned against Labour taking the “liberal side” of the “culture war” around Brexit and “warned that the campaign to stop Brexit has increasingly become … Continue reading Andrew Murray’s very own “culture war”

Home Office plans to trick homeless migrants

By Misha Zubrowski The Home Office is holding “immigration surgeries” at charities and places of worship. They tell homeless migrants that attending will help them get financial support, and may help them regularise their immigration status. They are assured the sessions are not part of “an enforcement approach” to immigration status. Lies – as was revealed … Continue reading Home Office plans to trick homeless migrants

The message from Andrew Murray

Above: Murray pretending to be working class By Ann Field Ever the Stalinist nostalgic, in his new book The Fall and Rise of the British Left, Murray laments the passing away of “a largely vanished world of working-class power” and the fact that “none of the scenarios which gripped the left I grew up with … Continue reading The message from Andrew Murray

Morning Star and CPB come clean: they back Johnson’s deal

Above: the "millionaire-funded slick Remain campaign" marching yesterday As some of you may know, I write a (fairly) regular column in the AWL's paper Solidarity covering the antics of the Morning Star and its political masters, the Communist Party of Britain (CPB). I generally try to maintain a jocular tone but that can be difficult: sometimes I'm just too … Continue reading Morning Star and CPB come clean: they back Johnson’s deal

Labour conference approves motion to extend free movement

By Sienna Rodgers (at LabourList) On its final day, Labour conference approved a radical policy motion advocating the extension of free movement, the closure of all detention centres and the awarding of equal voting rights to all UK residents. The party position on freedom of movement has been a source of tension within the party … Continue reading Labour conference approves motion to extend free movement