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

Taiwan repudiates fascist world order

By Bill Weinberg (at Countervortex) Following a bitter campaign dominated by “fake news” generated from China and punctuated by sexist personal attacks on President Tsai Ing-wen, the incumbent was re-elected in the Jan. 11 race, overwhelmingly defeating her main challenger, Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT). Tsai, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), received 8.17 … Continue reading Taiwan repudiates fascist world order

The ‘Lexit’ road to English patriotism

From Socialist Resistance: English patriotism is good, Scottish nationalism is a dead end – according to the Morning Star, writes Andy Stowe. From the Soviet “theory” of socialism in one country to Kim Il Sung’s fantasy of Juche self-reliance in North Korea, Stalinism has always had a predilection for nationalism.  And now that Boris Johnson is about … Continue reading The ‘Lexit’ road to English patriotism