‘Brexit Betrayal’ march fails to deliver – but antifascists have lessons to learn

By KD Tait It was billed as the big breakthrough for the far right: a demonstration on December 9, the supposed eve of Parliament’s vote on the Withdrawal Agreement, led by Gerard Batten, head of the rump-UKIP, and Tommy Robinson, self-appointed white crusader against Islam. In the end they managed to draw a crowd of … Continue reading ‘Brexit Betrayal’ march fails to deliver – but antifascists have lessons to learn

The AWL’s Zionist fetish

By Dave Stockton The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty group, AWL, is well known on the left for its assertion that the state of Israel embodies “the right to self-determination of the Jewish people”, has a “right to defend itself”, and that those on the left who reject this are antisemites, albeit “left antisemites”. Antisemitism is, … Continue reading The AWL’s Zionist fetish

Fighting the rise of the far right

By Jeremy Dewar ON JULY 14, amidst the political chaos of the Tory cabinet’s splits over Brexit and Donald Trump’s visit, a “Free Tommy Robinson” rally packed Whitehall with 6-10,000 assorted far rightists, fascists and the members of football firms, who form the base of the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA). They were joined outside … Continue reading Fighting the rise of the far right

The left’s Brexit debate is nasty, dangerous and narrow

By Simon Hannah  THE FIGHT over whether to leave the European Union is increasing in tempo. Hundreds of thousands marched in central London on 23 June (venomously described by some as "liberals", "Blairites", "croissant eating intellectuals" and so on) while sections of the left in Labour have swung to being militant Lexiteers. There is a … Continue reading The left’s Brexit debate is nasty, dangerous and narrow

Paul Mason: Fully Automated Reformism

By Andy Yorke PAUL MASON left Channel Four to become an independent left commentator back in early 2016, citing his desire for political freedom, to back Corbyn’s Labour Party, and to argue for the ideas he had developed in his 2015 book, PostCapitalism.1 With a background in IT and the far left, Mason was one … Continue reading Paul Mason: Fully Automated Reformism

Fighting sexism in the labour movement

COMPLAINTS of sexual harassment and discrimination by women officers and activists often go unresolved in the unions and the Labour Party. This is a shameful record and one that must be corrected immediately. The campaign group LabourToo, has submitted a dossier of complaints about such behaviour in the Labour Party. It consists of 43 anonymised … Continue reading Fighting sexism in the labour movement

Lexit: The mirage of ‘Class Struggle in One Country’

  “Triggering Article 50 opens the way to progressive policies outside the EU to control capital, raise public funds for infrastructure investment, enforce equal rights for migrant workers and radically cut or abolish VAT.” That is how Robert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, hailed the signing of Article 50 in the … Continue reading Lexit: The mirage of ‘Class Struggle in One Country’

Paul Mason’s opportunism is not ‘the way ahead’ for Labour

By Jeremy Dewar Paul Mason, former broadcaster with the BBC and Channel 4, has published an article on the Medium.com blog. As usual with Mason, it is well written and, insofar as it sides firmly with Jeremy Corbyn in the current Labour leadership election battle, provides a number of welcome arguments for party members and supporters. … Continue reading Paul Mason’s opportunism is not ‘the way ahead’ for Labour

The Socialist Workers Party and the EU referendum

By Dave Stockton The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) recently launched its campaign for Brexit with a long article by Alex Callinicos, The internationalist case against the European Union, and a pamphlet by Joseph Choonara, The EU: a left case for exit. If you want to know all the facts to prove that the EU is … Continue reading The Socialist Workers Party and the EU referendum