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"Scrap the Compliance Unit", says John McDonnell

“I’d like to scrap the Compliance Unit completely”, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told a 300-strong Momentum meeting in Barnet on 22 February, “and I want people automatically accepted into membership when they first join”.

He wants a fair and democratic process for membership disputes, and he’s right. Two weeks ago it looked as if expulsions by an unelected body with no place in the rulebook, the Compliance Unit, had come to an end, with none since November.

Momentum national steering committee member and Lewisham Momentum chair Jill Mountford has just been expelled from the Labour Party by the "Compliance Unit". McDonnell is absolutely right!

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The metamorphosis of Andrew Gilligan

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David Osland

Andrew Gilligan, it should not be forgotten, once saw better days. Thirteen years ago, the BBC reporter’s role in making clear that the Blair administration purposely sexed up the first of the two dossiers advanced in fraudulent justification for the invasion of Iraq should rightly have won him every journalistic prize going, not to mention the plaudits of the entire left.

People who engage in politics at any level should be subject to scrutiny. But repeated corrosive attacks in mass circulation newspapers, with no means of redress, raises the obvious question of just who is being bullied here.

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Plan C's "Fast Forward" Festival

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Daniel Randall

Nearly 200 people attended "Fast Forward", a three-day "festival" organised by Plan C and held at a youth hostel in Edale, Derbyshire, from 12-14 September. The event was an impressive undertaking, of which the organisers will undoubtedly, and rightly, feel proud.

Plan C's "Fast Forward" Festival asked important questions, and began useful discussions.

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Class War in Britain's Ports (1967)

The Devlin plan and the docker (1967)

This July 1967 pamphlet was the first piece of public literature put out by the Workers' Fight group, forerunner of AWL.

This June 1967 pamphlet was the first piece of public literature put out by the Workers' Fight group, forerunner of AWL.

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A portrait of Gerry Healy's Workers Revolutionary Party, patron of the Livingstone Labour Left, in 1980

Gerry Healy
For describing the WRP as like the Moonies, John Bloxam and Sean Matgamna were in 1980 sued for libel by the actress Vanessa Redgrave. The WRP was then subsidising and producing Labour Herald, the paper of the Livingstone Labour left.

For describing the WRP as a cross between the Moonies, the Scientologists, and the Jones Cult, which exploited young people, etc.,John Bloxam and Sean Matgamna were in 1981 sued for libel by the actress Vanessa Redgrave. This portrait of the WRP was part of an appeal for labour movement support in fighting the libel action. The WRP was then subsidising and producing Labour Herald, the paper of the Livingstone Labour left.

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Revolutionary politics, imperialism, and anti-racism: a further reply in the "Marxism and religion" controversy

In an October 2013 article, Marcus Halaby of Workers Power attacked the AWL for our "neo-Shachtmanite" refusal to unconditionally support anyone fighting imperialism. Here, two AWL members respond.

Marcus Halaby’s polemic against Workers’ Liberty’s politics on religion, Islamism, and anti-imperialism (“The AWL’s anti-anti-imperialist Islamophobia”) is worth reading because it illustrates some differences between the political method of Workers Power and ourselves in Workers’ Liberty.

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Blitzkrieg and Revolution (May 1940)

I. IF HITLER WINS – PERSPECTIVE FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION

As Hitler overruns most of western Europe, what are the perspectives for the working class?

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Remembering Azad Ahmed

On Saturday 2 November a memorial service was held in London by the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan in memory of their fallen comrade Azad Ahmed.

Azad was kidnapped and killed a week previously in Kirkuk, Iraq by unknown assailants. Members of the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq, Kurdistan and Iran were all present to pay tribute to Ahmed, a longstanding member of the Iraqi party’s Central Committee, who had long been a prominent advocate of secularism, pluralism and workers’ rights in Iraq.

On Saturday 2 November a memorial service was held in London by the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan in memory of their fallen comrade Azad Ahmed.

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