Weekly Worker

Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB)

The Weekly Worker defends Socialist Party over domestic violence/sexism row and tells more lies about AWL

(The Weekly Worker has replied to this statement; we have replied to their reply here.)

The Weekly Worker, newspaper of the "CPGB", has published an article alleging a Workers' Liberty attempt to cover up incidents of sexual abuse by a student activist (not an AWL member).

We are quite used to lies from the "CPGB" group, but their latest concoction is astonishing.

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Reply to Yassamine Mather

Political Islam as a reactionary anti-imperialist force with its own roots, its own dynamic, and its own autonomy, not just something "installed" or "deployed" by the USA.

Our 2006 introduction to Workers' Liberty 3/1, about Marxism and religion, has been much reviled on Facebook, but little criticised.

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A response to Patrick Smith's resignation

Instead of contributing to discussion and explaining his differences with the majority of the AWL on questions of Islamism, the definition of Islamophobia, and imperialism, Patrick Smith has decided to resign from the AWL, publishing a resignation letter on the website of the Weekly Worker group.

Patrick Smith's letter of resignation from AWL, published on the website of the Weekly Worker group, contains a number of serious distortions.

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Two and a half months' debate: socialism or vote-catching?

The "Socialist Platform" within Left Unity met on 14 September.

Over the next two and a half months, a fundamental debate will be run among some hundreds of left activists, most of them at present politically homeless and looking for a way forward.

At the founding conference on 30 November of the Left Unity group, the main debate will be between the "Left Party Platform" (LPP), proposed by Kate Hudson and others, and the "Socialist Platform" (SP), proposed by Nick Wrack, Soraya Lawrence, Will McMahon, Chris Strafford, Cat Rylance, and others.

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"Brittle, Irrational and Childlike" - Response to Mark Fischer

On 4 April the Weekly Worker newspaper published a letter from Weekly
Worker/CPGB full-time organiser Mark Fischer referring to me (but not
mentioning me by name).

On 4 April the Weekly Worker newspaper published a letter from Weekly Worker/CPGB full-time organiser Mark Fischer referring to me (but not mentioning me by name). This is my response.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

The CPGB on Vestas: ignorant or sectarian?

Author: 

Sacha Ismail

The Weekly Worker, published by the so-called "Communist Party of Great Britain" group, generally focuses its coverage obsessively on the activities of the far left. That fact is well known, and proudly defended by the CPGB. When the Weekly Worker does report on events in the class struggle, it is almost always through the lens of the left's involvement, or at least heavily peppered with references to the left.

The CPGB/Weekly Worker group's coverage of the Vestas struggle displays either ignorance or sectarianism - or both.

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Open letter to the left from the SWP; and the AWL's reply

Open letter to the left from the SWP; and the AWL's reply
An open letter to the left from the Socialist Workers Party

It’s time to create a socialist alternative

Dear comrade,

Labour’s vote collapsed to a historic low in last week’s elections as the right made gains. The Tories under David Cameron are now set to win the next general election.

A welcome letter from the SWP calling for a united left and for "a conference of all those committed to presenting candidates representing working-class interests". We have replied positively.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Third period tankie CPGB upset

Unwilling to debate the AWL in public, the so-called CPGB continues its snipping at us from the safe distance of its paper. In the latest WW (748) Lawrence Parker, apparently a “writer on the revolutionary oppositions within the post-war Communist Party” takes up our political characterisation of the CPGB as third period Stalinists.

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WW and the Israel/Iran debate: what I got wrong

Author: 

Martin Thomas

I got something wrong in my previous comments on the current Weekly Worker campaign - which consists of wriggling out of debate with AWL on Israel and Iran and at the same time claiming that we evade debate with them.

I got something wrong in my previous comments on the current Weekly Worker campaign - which consists of wriggling out of debate with AWL on Israel and Iran and at the same time claiming that we evade debate with them.

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New evasions from Weekly Worker

Author: 

Martin Thomas

"Matgamna [Sean Matgamna of AWL] knows he would be forced to state openly that he believes an Israeli attack [on Iran] justified...", claims Mark Fischer in Weekly Worker 745 (13 November).

And what would "force" Matgamna to do that? Presumably also to "state openly" that two plus two equals five, and that the Weekly Worker tells the truth?

According to Mark Fischer, what would "force" it is the holding of a debate under the title "What If Israel Bombs Iran".

The Weekly Worker group has withdrawn from a debate with AWL on Israel and Iran - and now accuses us of ducking out of debate with them!

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AWL-WW correspondence over a debate on Israel and Iran, Oct-Nov 2008

Author: 

Martin Thomas/ Mark Fischer

Song of the Weekly Worker

In August 2008 AWL approached the Weekly Worker group for a debate on Israel and Iran. The WW group has wriggled out of this debate, while simultaneously, at the top of its voice, accusing AWL of refusing to debate with WW!

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Weekly Worker: The Case of the Gutless Libel-Merchants. Again on the Pretend "CPGB", Israel, and Iran

Author: 

Martin Thomas

Following the debate on 12 October on Israel and Iran between Sean Matgamna of AWL and Moshe Machover, AWL wrote to the Weekly Worker group proposing a debate between AWL and WW under a similar title ("Israel, Iran, and socialist politics" - the 12 October was "Israel, Iran, and the left").

An article by Peter Manson in WW of 23 October tries to justify WW wriggling out of debate with AWL.

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Weekly Worker wriggling out again?

Author: 

Martin Thomas

As some readers will know, for nearly three months now the Weekly Worker has given over a large part of its coverage to high-pitched attacks on the AWL.

For background, and previous polemic, click here

But now, once again, the WW group seems to be wriggling out of a debate with AWL on the underlying political issues.

On 3 August, Sean Matgamna of AWL issued a public challenge to the WW group to debate AWL on the underlying political question, Israel-Palestine.

The Weekly Worker group appears once again to be wriggling out of a debate with AWL on Israel and Iran.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

"CPGB": Time to tell the truth

The pathetic intervention of the CPGB at the AWL-Machover on Sunday has been followed by an even more pathetic write up in its paper, the Weekly Worker (16 October). Interestingly, it does not print what its own comrades said – as we have in Solidarity – since to do so would expose the apolitical poverty of their contributions.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

John Bridge: ‘Drive AWL social imperialists out of the labour movement’

Listening to Sean, it felt like he was living on a different planet... I heard a caricature description of the left. I felt “is he talking to the SWP or is he talking to the CPGB, is he talking to people in this room or is he talking to people in his imagination?”

Quite clearly he’s talking to people in his own fertile imagination, because he wasn’t talking to anybody who’s his opponent in this room.

John Bridge's speech at the 12 October Machover-Matgamna debate.

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Mike McNair: political dominance in the world

There is a basic thing missing the arguments of the comrades of the AWL... The world is not composed of a flat system of states which are all equal to one another. The... inequality between these states is not purely economic...

There is politically constituted exploitation in the modern world. There are systematic hierarchical links between states... the dominance of one state over another state, dependency of one state on another state.

Speech by Mike McNair at the 12 October Machover-Matgamna debate.

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Peter Manson: ‘we do not tell lies’

I’m the editor of the Weekly Worker... The Weekly Worker does not publish lies... It’s counter-productive to tell lies, especially when you’re engaged in polemics against another organisation. It’s counterproductive to misrepresent them knowingly.

Sometimes we make mistakes as all people do but we do not tell lies, not while I’m editor we don’t.

Speech by Peter Manson at the 12 October Machover-Matgamna debate.

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Israel-Iran debate: the real issues become clearer

Author: 

Martin Thomas

On one level, the debate between Sean Matgamna of Workers’ Liberty and Moshe Machover in London on 12 October was a re-run of an old argument within the left.

Sean Matgamna argued that socialists should fight for a “two-states” settlement in Israel-Palestine – a really independent Palestinian state, in contiguous territory, alongside Israel.

Moshe Machover insisted that the “overthrow” of Israel (or, as he put it in the prior written debate, “anything like” present-day Israel) is a precondition for peace.

Report from the debate on Israel and Iran between Sean Matgamna of Workers’ Liberty and Moshe Machover in London on 12 October

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Israel, the Palestinians, and Iran: audio files from the debate between Moshe Machover and Sean Matgamna

Author: 

Moshe Machover and Sean Matgamna

Audio files from the debate in London on 12 October are now available as podcasts on our podOmatic page (see the 'Visit this podcast' button below).




Click here for pdf of the written debate, over a month or so, in pamphlet form.

Hear the debate in London on 12 October! Audio files of all the contributions now available as podcasts here.

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Weekly Worker Chickens Out of Israel Debate

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

Song of the Weekly Worker

I'm so small! But I'm poisonous too;
What I say is at best but half-true:
I spread gossip thin,
So they'll think I'm well in;
But I'm useful, torn up in the loo!

Readers may remember that on 3 August I challenged the people who publish the Weekly Worker to "debate with me publicly on the Israel-Palestine question, at a meeting presided over by a commonly agreed chair".

We challenged the Weekly Worker group to debate with us publicly on Israel-Palestine. They agreed - but are now ducking out with a proposal that instead we debate Moshe Machover...

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"Zionism: propaganda and sordid reality" ... Moshé Machover replies to Sean Matgamna

Author: 

Moshé Machover

The AWL’s Sean Matgamna has swallowed a large chunk of Israeli propaganda, writes Moshé Machover. But is he really so naive?

Moshé Machover responds to Sean Matgamna's article: 'Israel, Iran, and Socialism'.

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Weekly Worker Group ("CPGB") and Its Fatuous Gossip Sheet

Author: 

Paul Hampton

Song of the Weekly Worker
I'm so small! But I'm poisonous too;
What I say is at best but half-true:
I spread gossip thin,
So they'll think I'm well in;
But I'm useful, torn up in the loo!

The lying cover of the fatuous gossip-sheet Weekly Worker [showing a nuclear-bomb mushroom-cloud, with the headline: "AWL's Sean Matgamna: excusing a nuclear attack on Iran"!] is only the tip of a small iceberg of hysterical lying about Sean Matgamna, a writer for Solidarity, that they have set afloat over the last two weeks.

Lying about the AWL is a staple activity of the CPGB – but its coverage is now reminiscent of ‘third period’ Stalinism and the Healyite WRP at its lowest, and craziest, point.

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CPGB – third period Stalinists

The prize for the most hysterical response to Sean’s article on Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons goes inevitably to the CPGB (Weekly Worker, 31 July). No doubt keen to drum up some interest in the callow summer event they call “the Communist University”, the gossip-sheet devotes its cover and three pages inside to smearing our comrades.

The CPGB have reached a new high in its lies about Sean, accusing him of excusing an Israeli nuclear attack on Iran. Lying about the AWL is the staple activity of the CPGB – but its coverage is now reminiscent of third period Stalinism.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

ENS, "Student Economism", and Communist Students

It sounds like some sort of elaborate practical joke, revolutionary politics as re-imagined by the Bash Street Kids. Communist Students arrive at the Education Not for Sale conference "Reclaim the Campus", and position themselves around the room, pretending to be participating in the event in good faith. The document they propose is a clever pastiche of other, serious motions to the conference.

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The Cynical Idealism of the Weekly Worker

Over the last few months every edition of the Weekly Worker has carried at least one article about Workers Liberty. Headlines have included "Pro Imperialists Snubbed", "ENS must Break with AWL Social - Imperialism" and "[AWL] On the Defensive over Iraq". The main purpose of these articles seems to be to win over comrades from the AWL or ENS who support Troops Out or Troops Out Now perspective on Iraq to the politics of the CPGB (or at least to cause ructions and disruption in AWL & ENS). Members of the CPGB have tried to offer me and others "help" in our debate on Iraq.

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Propaganda, activism and politics: a reply to Communist Students

Author: 

Daniel Randall
A reply to "Making propaganda for Marxism", Communist Students' article on the Student Union elections at the University of Sheffield - http://www.communiststudents.org.uk/news/2008/03-03-08-shefslate.html

(This is a reply to an article in 'Communist Student', the newspaper of the student group linked to the CPGB/Weekly Worker. It is online here.)

‘Mohsen Sabbagh’’s report on the ultimately fruitless left unity discussions in the build-up to the University of Sheffield Students’ Union elections wilfully mischaracterises the debates and seriously distorts some of the history. Allow me to set the record straight.

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Why Did The Weekly Worker Group ("CPGB") Chicken Out Of Debating AWL On Iraq?

By Paul Hampton
The CPGB, those pretentious squirrels of left-wing tittle-tattle, outdid themselves by chickening out of a debate with the AWL over Iraq.

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