'Respect' and George Galloway

Defend Jon Lansman

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 12:25

The labour movement should rally to the defence of Labour National Executive member and Momentum leader Jon Lansman against George Galloway’s threat to sue him for defamation.

Galloway says he has “instructed solicitors to bring a case for defamation against Jon Lansman”. That is a response to a tweet by Lansman defending Jewish comedian David Baddiel after Galloway made a tweet (now deleted) that “no supporter of the Palestinian people” would march “behind” Baddiel (apparently a reference to planned protests against Donald Trump visiting Britain).

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What’s wrong with “Stop the War”?

Submitted by Matthew on 19 October, 2016 - 12:18 Author: Simon Nelson

The Stop The War Coalition enjoyed its heyday around the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but has regained some prominence since David Cameron’s government first proposed the bombing of Syria in August 2013.

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Listen to the secular!

Submitted by AWL on 19 May, 2015 - 5:10 Author: Martin Thomas

Pretty much all the left press other than Solidarity has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed Rabina Khan, Rahman's ally, for the new mayoral election on 11 June.

Does the left press reckon that Rahman didn't do what the court disqualified him for doing? Or that he did do it, but it was all right? It's hard to tell. I don't know if the writers in the left press even read the judgement.

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Is Tower Hamlets really an Establishment conspiracy?

Submitted by AWL on 5 May, 2015 - 5:46 Author: Sacha Ismail

None of the socialist organisations politically defending ousted Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman seriously analyse the judgement made against him by election commissioner Richard Mawrey. None mention George Galloway previously hailing a judgement by Mawrey (against the Labour Party and in favour of Galloway’s Respect) in 2007 — in a speech republished in full on the Socialist Worker website!

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Restore secular politics in Tower Hamlets

Submitted by AWL on 28 April, 2015 - 4:43 Author: Jean Lane

I don't like the idea that a privileged, conservative judge ousts Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman for alleged electoral malpractice, rather than a tribunal of the people he is supposed to serve.

I also don't know whether all the accusations against Rahman upheld by the judge are true or not. I am not going to take the judge's word for it. I am also not going to take the word of former councillors for George Galloway's Respect group that he is not.

The residents of Tower Hamlets, of which I am one, have plenty of reasons to want Rahman and his communalist politics out.

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Condemn the attack on George Galloway

Submitted by AWL on 3 September, 2014 - 12:02

Bradford MP George Galloway was hospitalised with a broken jaw and rib after being attacked in Notting Hill on 29 August.

The evidence suggests that Galloway was attacked because of his positions on and comments he has made about Israel-Palestine.

The man accused of attacking Galloway, Neil Masterson, has said in the press that he was bothered by Galloway's anti-semitism. Galloway's politics on Israel are very bad; Masterson seems to be a right winger, a defender of the Israeli government and its oppression of the Palestinians.


Submitted by AWL on Fri, 26/09/2014 - 13:01

It is reasonable to call Galloway an anti-semite, but it doesn't follow that everyone who does it does so "reasonably", ie from a left-wing or even minimally consistent anti-racist point of view.

The evidence seems to suggest that the attacker is a right-winger and an anti-Palestinian chauvinist. That is relevant information, but information you seem determined to ignore.

The AWL has fought for decades against the left promoting George Galloway, but he is not a fascist like Nick Griffin. You could draw many comparisons between Stalinism and fascism, but there are important differences in terms of their supporters here. If right-wingers attacked a Morning Star seller we would defend the Stalinists against physical attack while condemning and fighting them politically.

Sacha Ismail

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The Old Left Continues To Rot (1994)

Submitted by dalcassian on 7 July, 2014 - 12:39

THE "George-Galloway-loves-Saddam-Hussein" affair gave the Tories a
brief respite from their own scandals and sensational revelations last

It brought no respite to socialists concerned at the continuing decay of the old left. It was the latest putrescent manifestation of that decay.

The Tories needed the respite, and though in fact it was the BBC monitoring service which "broke" the story, we got tabloid front pages.
Beneath the abuse, they must have loved George Galloway!

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No support for US bombs: but Assad is main enemy

Submitted by AWL on 27 August, 2013 - 1:41

Syria's disgusting, murderous, one-party state is responsible for mass murder, torture on a vast scale, and an enormous humanitarian disaster inside Syria, where whole towns have been raised to rubble.

Over four million are internally displaced, nearly two million have fled the country, seven million are in immediate need of humanitarian aid, the economy has collapsed, and over 100,000 are dead.

The main responsibility for this utterly avoidable catastrophe belongs to the Syrian government and military.


Submitted by AWL on Thu, 29/08/2013 - 10:43

Liberty says that it's wrong to speculate that the reason America hasn't intervened yet is because it (America) doesn't want to make the situation worse.

This seems a bizarre criticism to me. Firstly, because the article doesn't particularly argue this anyway.

But secondly, isn't that actually entirely plausible? As Liberty him/herself recognises, America knows an intervention could provoke a further degeneration into sectarian chaos in which it would get bogged down, and desperately wants to avoid this. Isn't that America holding back from an intervention because it doesn't want to make things worse? You don't have to impute any sincere democratic motive to the US ruling class to speculate that it would rather not intervene because such an intervention would (from the point of view of its own interests) make things worse.

The article does not give America any "cover" for anything, so the bland anti-imperialist truism about America's project having "nothing to do with democracy or peace but everything [to do] with America controlling this strategic area of the world" is, I'm afraid, wasted.

Liberty seems to agree with the central thrust of this article, which is quite clear: it is the policy of the Syrian ruling class, and not the American, that is the "main enemy" in Syria right now, and that the "imperialist intervention" of Russia, Iran, and China to support Assad is a more pressing and ongoing problem than a potential military intervention from the USA.

Those are the fundamentals of the AWL policy, with which Liberty appears to agree. I don't really understand the quibble.


Ira Berkovic

Submitted by AWL on Fri, 30/08/2013 - 11:09

Where is that implied?

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The Galloway-Miliband affair

Submitted by AWL on 22 April, 2013 - 3:28

According to the Daily Mail (21 April), Labour leader Ed Miliband had an hour-long meeting in his office with George Galloway.

A Labour spokesman felt the need to insist that there is "no attempt" to readmit Galloway to the Labour Party, and what Miliband was discussing - for an hour... - was just a vote on boundary changes.

The report has sparked a many-sided row.

The Daily Mail has run a continuing campaign about the meeting, saying that it shows that Miliband is "Red Ed" and too close to supposed leftists like Galloway.

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Left unity must be linked to real action

Submitted by Matthew on 27 March, 2013 - 9:45

The crises and splits in the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and Respect have spurred more talk about left unity. The left needs systematic unity in action where we agree, and honest dialogue where we differ, in order to reinstate socialist ideas as an option in the working class.

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