Here’s a Christmas puzzle for Solidarity readers. Who is most confused and disoriented by David Cameron’s refusal to sign up for EU fiscal unity — the Daily Express and Mail or the Morning Star?
Communist Party of Britain and Morning Star
The Morning Star, the paper associated with the Communist Party of Britain, carried a naively self-revealing editorial on 9 December: “There’s a huge feeling of guilt and confusion when a leader writer in the Morning Star feels even a momentary twinge of fellow feeling with chief speculators’ stooge David Cameron...”
By Vicki Morris
The Morning Star has attacked the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) conference decision on 19 November “Against British nationalism: for a Workers’ United Europe”.
The Tory right mobilised on 24 October, with the help of the right-wing tabloid press, to demand a referendum on British withdrawal from the European Union.
Recently I have become involved in a debate on the Morning Star letters page about Israel and the Israeli trade union federation Histadrut.
When the revolt against Qaddafi started in Libya, hardly anyone on the left — however broadly defined — could say anything in defence of Qaddafi.
A statement about Libya has appeared on the website of Unite, declaring itself simply to be a “Unite statement” without any indication of what committee of the union it was endorsed by.
Today's Stop the War Coalition protest outside Downing Street, against Western military intervention in Libya, was attended by about a hundred people. It was heavily dominated by Stalinists, with a definite majority from groups including the CPB, Socialist Action, the Greek Communist Party and the CPGB-ML - the last of which was distributing a leaflet saying "Hands off Libya! Victory to Qaddafi!"
The Morning Star newspaper should be consigned to the museum of human barbarity, not promoted by a rag-bag of MPs, greens, nationalists and Stalinists.
Mark Perryman, from the editorial board of the Communist Party magazine Marxism Today, and Alan Johnson from Socialist Organiser, debated at the Workers' Liberty summer school in July 1989 on whether the watchwords for politics should be "modernising", "fragmentation", and "compromise" - or class struggle.