“It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”

Yanis Varoufakis' attempt to build an international organisation seems to be foundering. Having welcomed Vijay Prashad, a propaganda cheerleader for the Chinese state, into the fold and dismissed attempts to raise repression and exploitation in China as 'intra-left-sectarianism', there's now this: they invited a well-respected Syrian leftist to join its 'advisory Council' and then dropped … Continue reading “It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”

Sounding the changes in Unite and the GMB

Above: a shop steward negotiates with a foreman Guest post by Johnny Lewis As with UNISON, both Unite and the GMB will soon face a General Secretary Election - what marks them out as different is they are the last two unions with a private sector membership of any size. As such they are our … Continue reading Sounding the changes in Unite and the GMB

The Socialist Party didn’t like my book on the Poll Tax

Marching against Thatcher's Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair   (Click to enlarge) By Simon Hannah When I wrote my book on the Poll Tax movement its primary purpose was to give an overview of the Poll Tax in the context of Thatcherism, to outline the key battles of the movement and draw some perhaps useful political … Continue reading The Socialist Party didn’t like my book on the Poll Tax

Left Out: Labour intrigue without the activists

Book review by Keith Road Gabriel Pogrund’s and Patrick Maguire’s book Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn is not really about the politics of the Corbyn Labour Party leadership, but about the “politics” in the sense of corridor chat, text-message exchanges, and WhatsApp groups at the top of the party hierarchy. Tellingly, … Continue reading Left Out: Labour intrigue without the activists

“Pathetic clowns, lousy Trotskyists”: some responses to a solidarity campaign with Belarus

Above: Belarusian workers protest against Lukashenko By Eric Lee (02 Sept 2020) A week ago, at the request of independent trade unions in Belarus and supported by global union federations, LabourStart launched a campaign demanding an end to state repression in that country. The campaign title was “Stop the violence – defend democracy and human … Continue reading “Pathetic clowns, lousy Trotskyists”: some responses to a solidarity campaign with Belarus

The collapse of Corbynism – radicalism without class power

© Twitter/@jeremycorbyn Guest post by Johnny Lewis Starting points: faced with one of the greatest upheavals in the Party’s history it should have been the organised left’s moment, when they would provide conscious direction to 'the masses’ who flooded into the Party under Corbyn. Instead, 'leadership' was exercised by promoting the specifics of each organisation's … Continue reading The collapse of Corbynism – radicalism without class power

Jews Mustn’t Thrive

A protester holds an image of Jeremy Corbyn during a demonstration against antisemitism in London. JACK TAYLOR / GETTY IMAGES By Eve Garrard (This article first appeared as a guest post at Harry's Place) In Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire’s new book* (as excerpted in The Times) on the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, Andrew … Continue reading Jews Mustn’t Thrive

US: Protest Vote or Independent Political Action?

Above: US Green Party publicity  By Barry Finger A bumper sticker displayed with increasing resonance these days reads: “2020, any responsible adult.” This is undoubtedly the mood of Democratic Party voters as was made abundantly clear by the abrupt collapse of the Sanders momentum. The US is in free fall under a regime that represents … Continue reading US: Protest Vote or Independent Political Action?

Finkelstein, Labour Against The Witchhunt and ‘left’ antisemitism

A lot of decent, anti-racist people have difficulty distinguishing between legitimate criticism of Israel and/or concern about the influence of conservative ("Zionist") Jewish organisations on UK politics, and antisemitism - especially when it comes in a leftist guise. So let's get a few things clear: by ‘left-wing antisemitism’ we emphatically do not mean political criticism … Continue reading Finkelstein, Labour Against The Witchhunt and ‘left’ antisemitism

Labour’s antisemitism tangle and the ‘Corbyn cult’

By Keith Road of Workers Liberty (amended very slightly by JD): More than £300,000 has been donated to a fundraising page to help support Jeremy Corbyn if a legal case goes ahead over the leaked Labour antisemitism report and/or the Panorama programme produced by John Ware. Keir Starmer has already settled the Panorama legal cases with the … Continue reading Labour’s antisemitism tangle and the ‘Corbyn cult’