The Phillips case: argue it out, don’t suspend behind closed doors

Trevor Phillips, ex chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has been suspended from the Labour Party  [PA ARCHIVE/PA IMAGES] By Mohan Sen The issues involved in the suspension of former Equality and Human Rights Commission chair Trevor Phillips from the Labour Party on charges of Islamophobia are somewhat murky. Listening to Phillips talk … Continue reading The Phillips case: argue it out, don’t suspend behind closed doors

Hate goes mainstream – thanks to Brexit

Andrew Coates (at Tendance Coatsey) reports: “Brexit has both marginalised the far right but also contributed to the mainstreaming of some far-right notions around immigration and identity.” Brexit making far-right ideas mainstream, major report finds The Independent: ‘Cordon sanitaire’ keeping far-right discourse out of mainstream politics has collapsed, Hope Not Hate says Brexit is causing far-right views … Continue reading Hate goes mainstream – thanks to Brexit

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

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

“Left” Brexiteers re-write history

Morning Star / CPB: campaigning for no-deal Monday’s Morning Star carried a stern warning: “Divergence from European Union rules, as announced by the Tory government yesterday, could be welcome but is unlikely to benefit working people unless a left-led government is elected, communists said yesterday. “Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths warned that … Continue reading “Left” Brexiteers re-write history