Scorpions

Pitiful The British parliament was recalled early on the 18th of August, 2021 to discuss what they saw as the crisis in Afghanistan, when it was more of a British crisis.  This mother-of-parliaments practised its democracy as a colonial/imperialist pit—full of stinging scorpions and a hissing snakes who have missed their target. Dreary Kier anaconda Starmer arose from his log-like sleep, … Continue reading Scorpions

‘Auto-expulsions’ from the Labour Party

News in brief:  the so-called “auto-expulsions” from the Labour Party We reprint a statement from the Bakers Union regarding the possible ‘auto-expulsion’ from the Labour Party of their president. BFAWU to recall Conference Sarah Woolley Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 Today the Labour Party has made a clear statement of intent in its aspiration to repair its … Continue reading ‘Auto-expulsions’ from the Labour Party

Ken Loach

Gerry Adams writes: The expulsion of Ken Loach  Two weeks ago my column focussed on the British Labour Party, and the approach of its current leader Keir Starmer toward Ireland. The internal decision making processes of that party and the leadership style of Mr. Starmer are obviously a matter for it and for him. My … Continue reading Ken Loach

Afghanistan

Afghanistan   — Parliament Notes 1 There is substantial agreement outside the left and outside the Labour Party that Britain’s attempts at ‘nation building’ through military intervention should be given up. For example Simon Jenkins: “How many times must it be drummed into British heads that the British empire is over? It is dead, finished, outdated, not … Continue reading Afghanistan

Batley & Spen By-Election — Editorial II

Labour has held on to the Batley & Spen parliamentary constituency with the slenderest of majorities.  Labour got 13,296 votes while the Conservatives got 12,973 votes, giving Labour a 323 majority.  George Galloway, whose main point in standing as a candidate for the Worker’s Party, was that the Labour Party under Keir Starmer no longer represented working people, … Continue reading Batley & Spen By-Election — Editorial II

Jewish Voice for Labour: response to Jewish Labour Movement antisemitism training

Wed 16 Jun 2021 https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/statement/jvl-response-to-jlm-antisemitism-training/ [Extracts] JLM as antisemitism trainer The sessions were largely delivered by JLM’s National Organiser, Rebecca Filer, with introductions by Chair Mike Katz and – for the June 14 session – by Deputy Party Leader Angela Rayner. They were delivered in Zoom webinar format in which the speaker and a series … Continue reading Jewish Voice for Labour: response to Jewish Labour Movement antisemitism training

Editorial 2    Hartlepool – Labour’s False Narrative

Starmer addressed his first Labour Party conference as Labour leader in September 2020. He stated there that ‘it’s time to get serious about winning’.  In the Hartlepool bye-election on 6th May, a year after Starmer took over the leadership from Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour vote declined by 45%.  It is interesting to compare that result with Corbyn’s result … Continue reading Editorial 2    Hartlepool – Labour’s False Narrative

The Labour Party blames Israel for the failure to achieve a two-state solution

The Labour Party’s reaction to the military action by Israel against Gaza was extraordinary.  One could be forgiven for thinking that Jeremy Corbyn had been reinstated as leader of the party. Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Lisa Nandy, set out the party’s position in a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on 15 May 2021 [1] before a ceasefire was … Continue reading The Labour Party blames Israel for the failure to achieve a two-state solution

REVIEW Jim Moher: Walter Citrine, Forgotten statesman of the Trades Union Congress

JGM Books, 2021. A SENSE OF DIRECTION It is, or it could have been, a happy coincidence that Jim Moher's biography of Walter Citrine has appeared so soon after Andrew Adonis's biography of Ernest Bevin. If Adonis's book wasn't so obviously an attempt to recruit Bevin to the Blairite/Atlanticist warmongering wing of the Labour Party … Continue reading REVIEW Jim Moher: Walter Citrine, Forgotten statesman of the Trades Union Congress

Hartlepool Results

In 2017 the Tories polled 14,319 in Hartlepool and lost.Labour polled 21,969.On 6th May this year, the Tories polled 15,529 in Hartlepool and won.Labour polled 8,589!The Tories gained just 1,210 votes but, with Labour hemorrhaging 13,380 votes, Labour effectively gave it away. The survation poll that predicted a Tory victory in Hartlepool also said that 67% favoured … Continue reading Hartlepool Results

Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier

  Dictionary definition of “foot soldier”: “…a dedicated low level follower…”  Michael Murray: murraymicha@gmail.com; FaceBook: Michael Murray London Contents: (1) “How did  it get like this in the Labour Party ?” (2)  Labour Party an “unincorporated association”: its relevance. (1) “How did it get like this in the Labour Party ?” The April “Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier,” dealt … Continue reading Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier