Labour Party

Danger posed by Robinson retrial

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 10:53 Author: Keith Road
Tommy Robinson on Fox News

Far-right leader Tommy Robinson has been released prison after he had his conviction for contempt of court quashed. The Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial.

This will be a major boost for Robinson’s supporters and his own profile. He now awaits a new hearing on the charge of contempt of court.

Always prepared to offend, Robinson compared his time in prison to being in Guantanamo Bay, claimed he was moved from Hull to Onley, a prison with a 30% Muslim population and put in a cell opposite the “Prison Mosque.” No such “mosque” exists.

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A reply to some confused critics

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 10:24 Author: Dan Katz

Five Labour Party members have written an article ‘The AWL, Zionism and the struggle for equal rights in Israel/Palestine’ (bit.ly/20ma0WX) in which they accuse the AWL of being a “Zionist front organisation” outside the Palestinian solidarity movement (defined as being the PSC, BDS campaigns, Jewish Voice for Labour etc).

They accuse us of “justifying settler colonialism” and justifying “apartheid”. They accuse “powerful” organisations such as Labour Friends of Israel as organising a witch-hunt in the Labour Party.

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What Labour's code of conduct omits

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 10:07 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour antisemitism protest

Antisemitism, in Europe anyway, is thousands of years old, and has taken many different forms.

Since the 19th century, it has a “left-wing” variant, in which anticapitalist feeling is directed against Jews as easily-targeted scapegoats for capitalism rather than, or as well as, against the impersonal and relatively-complicated real mechanisms of capitalist exploitation and oppression.

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Left antisemitism and the "#JC9"

Submitted by SJW on 4 August, 2018 - 5:05 Author: Simon Nelson
JC9 voting graphic including Pete Willsman

The decision of Momentum to remove their endorsement of Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) secretary Pete Willsman from the #JC9 slate for Labour National Executive Committee has exposed fractures between Momentum, its supporters, other parts of the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance, and the Labour Leader's office.

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Unions must oppose far right

Submitted by SJW on 18 July, 2018 - 11:33 Author: Keith Road & an AWL supporter
SUTR demonstration

While the 14 July mobilisation of anti-fascists to oppose the rally in support of former EDL leader Tommy Robinson was significantly better than that on 9 July, it was still smaller than that of Robinson’s supporters.

Some 5,000, many part of an organised far right gathered in Whitehall.

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On Labour’s new guidelines for dealing with antisemitism

Submitted by SJW on 18 July, 2018 - 11:17 Author: Bill Davies
Labour antisemitism

The Labour Party is right to engage with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines as a living document (something to be engaged with, discussed, analysed, interpreted and expanded upon), and indeed this is what it would appear was intended by the writers of the IHRA guidance.

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Seize chances of Tory chaos! Labour can stop Brexit!

Submitted by SJW on 18 July, 2018 - 11:01 Author: Editorial
Bollocks to Brexit stickers

Left Against Brexit committees and campaigns are being launched across the country along with organising efforts for the Left Against Brexit speaker tour (anothereurope.org/tour).

They are organising street stalls, debates, and speakers and motions to labour movement organisations.

With the Tories in trouble — even more trouble after Donald Trump told them that their Brexit plan would block a trade deal with the USA — an active Left Against Brexit campaign has a real chance of shifting the axis of debate.

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What should Labour do about policing?

Submitted by Gemma_S on 17 July, 2018 - 1:14 Author: Carrie Evans
A Labour Party leaflet in the shape of police helmets calling for more police officers

Carrie Evans spoke at Socialism makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018 on 23-24 June about Labour, crime, and policing.

Labour have positioned themselves as the party of law and order. Most notably they are calling for police funding to go back to pre-2010 levels, and promising 25,000 extra police on the streets.

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Make Labour the "party of strikes"

Submitted by SJW on 4 July, 2018 - 12:33 Author: Ruth Cashman spoke at Ideas For Freedom
Corbyn speaking at Unison conference

There are many who think that trade unions have had their day. While new and powerful labour movements are emerging around the world, on the whole the labour movement in Britain is very much on the defensive.

I was born at the end of the miners’ strike, and I am in no doubt that trade unionists are on the back foot. The trade union movement is now half the size that it was at its 1979 peak, with vastly fewer elected workplace reps and shop stewards. Strike numbers are at an all-time low.

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Building the ‘Left Against Brexit’

Submitted by SJW on 21 June, 2018 - 1:02 Author: Michael Chessum
Left Against Brexit

The Left Against Brexit is an initiative that seeks to take back what should be the common-sense left wing position on Brexit, and stand out from the more centrist establishment anti-Brexit campaigns.

David Miliband may believe speaking out with Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg from a rice factory will do the trick. We don’t.

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