Is Andrew Neil anti-Semitic?

 

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That is what is known as a rhetorical question, the answer to which – if you really need one – is an emphatic ‘No!’

Is Andrew Neil Islamophobic? That is less of a rhetorical question. It is one which requires digging down into the meaning of the question.

Is Andrew Neil the kind of Islamophobe who is incapable of questioning his own rhetoric, then dropping some phrases when he realizes some of it may be unhelpful, will in fact create a political climate that encourages violent Islamophobes to flourish? The answer to that question is an equally emphatic ‘No!’

However, is Andrew Neil guilty of levels of ignorance that he does need to address, ill-considered prejudices that allow others to allege that he does have a problem with Muslims, problems that could be seen to contain a racist dimension or two? That is an open question. It is one to which I cannot give him blanket support. Let me be clear on what exactly I’m saying here.

Andrew Neil is not a racist. Not in any meaningful sense. He has been caught making a joke that in the mouths of others might be seen as proof of racism, but it was delivered to someone who probably considers him a friend, and in the company of friends we do get away with things that can look very damning when taken out of context. Andrew Neil is not, let me repeat, not a racist.

What about Islamophobia? That is sometimes deemed to have zilch to do with racism given that Islam is a religion that non-Muslims can convert to. That is true. But there is a statistical link between Muslims and ethnic minorities in countries like Britain that cannot be ignored. Science teaches us that the world is not about unchanging, fixed ‘things’, but processes that change, bit by bit, when quantitative changes cross threshholds to become qualitative ones, when emergent properties manifest themselves, when what was not previously racism becomes that.

The relationship between religious bigotry and racism when it comes to Islam is almost identical to prejudice against Jews. Non-Jews can also convert. This works both ways, of course. But anti-Semites like Hitler never allow for people to escape their Jewish origins, for it’s in the blood, as far as they are concerned. This is a mark of just how stupid these people are, as is the violent assaults on Hindus and Sikhs for their alleged support for Islam. Racists are idiots and proud of it.

Andrew Neil has played a part in reining in Islamophobes in the British Establishment, doing so on more than one occasion. And that makes him far more responsible than many broadcasters who never stop seizing opportunities to demonize the entire Muslim community regardless of how they are as terrified of the violent extremists and terrorists as are the rest of us. So, credit where it’s due, Comrade Neil.

While I recognise Andrew Neil is not racist when it comes to Muslims, he is far less generous when it comes to conceding that Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are not anti-Semitic. Corbynistas allegedly have a problem with Jews? Andrew Neil really should know better. He can get a clean bill of health when it comes to the allegation of racism, but not when it comes to blind prejudices based on ignorance. Willful ignorance? That remains to be seen.

Andrew Neil is making many unsubstantiated allegations about Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters. And that is inciting pig-ignorant Blairite bureaucrats, a toxic legacy left over from Tony Blair’s counterrevolution as boss of the Labour Party. These bitter losers are launching a new witchhunt against socialists, some  of them Jews, Jews known to be champions against anti-Semitism. Andrew Neil is complicit in this witchhunt. It is time he is made to eat his words.

Andrew Neil alleges it is ipso facto proof of anti-Semitism for anyone to refer to ‘The Jewish Question’. Actually, it is nothing of the sort. Andrew Neil really needs to do his homework.

I have a book in my private collection called ‘The Jewish Question: a Marxist Interpretation’. Is it an anti-Semitic rant I own merely to do research on anti-Semites who see Jews as a problem? Nope. It was written by Abram Leon, a Jew, a Jew who died in one of Hitler’s concentration camps, and was written in secret while he languished in Auschwitz. Is Andrew Neil going to jump to the conclusion that this book was a diatribe written by a ‘self-hating Jew’? I’d like to see him try to prove that.

The ‘Jewish Question’ prior to the Holocaust was referred to often by Jews on the left, and it referred to what to do about racism directed gainst Jews. Incidentally, Winston Churchill was happy to give Stalin good publicity while he locked up supporters of Leon Trotsky, who were often victims of vicious anti-Semitism due to the large number of Jews among the Left Opposition, and later the United Opposition lead by yet another Jew, Zinoviev, oppositions that tried to restore Lenin’s support for a secular state that granted freedom to believers of all faiths and none while the British Establishment was doing deals with anti-Semites like Stalin and assorted fascists all across the world. That is a fact.

Abram Leon’s book is a work of considerable historical research, of scholarship and of social analysis that struggles to explain where this quite specific form of racism came from, how it has mutated across millenia, and how Jews and non-Jews can unite to fight anti-Semitism, as we do every other form of divide and rule, of scapegoating, of distractions used by the ruling elites as a means of keeping themselves in power, laughing all the way to the bank while we squabble endlessly amongst ourselves.

Since the Holocaust, then the creation of the Jewish state of Israel, the use of the term ‘Jewish Question’ has changed. Most of the left – especially those of us who are not ourselves Jews – no longer use that term; not if we know what is good for us. It is far too obvious how it will be misconstrued in the hands of a skillful polemicist.

A lot of the best jokes take the form of racist jokes, but actually take potshots at racists, not the victims of racism. The same is true of sexist jokes, and of homophobic ones. But you need to have an audience who gets the context. Forget about that and are asking for trouble.

Gerry Downing has demonstrated he is extremely politically tone deaf, someone who didn’t care how his use of the term ‘The Jewish Question’ would be misconstrued. That is a sign of his immaturity. But it is not necessarily proof that he is anti-Semitic, and I’d like proof on that score before I agree to any action taken against him.

There is also the question that links anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the modern world, each feeding off the other: Israel.

There is all the world of difference between anti-Zionism on the one hand and anti-Semitism on the other. The state of Israel is based on the historic ethnic-cleansing of Palestine of non-Jews, then the theft of land of generations of non-Jews, with zero prospect of the return of that property to its rightful owners.

Jews like Abram Leon fought all forms or racism and religious bigotry. They fought (and those still alive continue to fight to this day) the collective punishment of anyone belonging to an ethnicity regardless of whether they feel any affinity with their so-called cultural heritage or not.

It is not Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters who have questions to answer when it comes to the apartheid state of Israel, or for that matter the NATO member Turkey which is carrying out similar ethnic cleaning policies towards the Kurds, with all democratic rights being crushed, just like in Israel. Those with questions to answer are broadcasters at the BBC, at SKY News, Channel4 News, ITV and Channel5, ‘journalists’ who bury the truth of what Israel is doing to non-Jews, and Turkey to the Kurds, with the reduction of communities to second-class citizens, collective punishments. And Andrew Neil is guilty when it comes to that coverup. Very much so.

Andrew Neil having something to hide vis-a-vis Israel’s apartheid policies may have a bearing on why he is so keen to raise false allegations about Jews like Abram Leon, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Marx or Leon Trotsky spreading anti-Semitism by their references to ‘The Jewish Question’, rather than their using that term merely to debate with others in the socialist movement about the origins of this form of racism, and how we can all combine (Jews and non-Jews alike) to put an end to it along with every other form of racist scapegoating.

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Deselect Labour MPs who nobody wants

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There can be no messing about when it comes to deselection of Blairite MPs. This was never ever going to be an optional extra after Jeremy Corbyn won a landslide victory, three times that of his closest rival, 15 times the favored candidate of the Tory broadcast and print media – with Liz Kendall being incapable of winning one twentieth of the vote. The forlorn hopes of some of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters for an easy life has been exposed as the fruitless pipedream it always was.

Liz Kendall is abusing her status as an MP, an MP the entire party wants to have nothing to do with. Every chance she gets she creeps onto the airwaves to make the case for voters not voting Labour. She did it on Andrew Marr’s show to ‘represent Labour’,  alongside two of the BBC’s daftest Tory propagandists at the BBC, reviewing Sunday’s newspapers. It should never be forgot that Liz Kendall relied on Chuka Umunna, Tristram Hunt and Mary Creagh all pulling out of the leadership election so as not to split the vote of Tony Blair’s closest co-thinkers, and they still couldn’t win one fifteenth of the vote. Yet that is the MP who should represent Labour on his one hour Tory Party Political Broadcast. How do the editors at the BBC get away with this insult to the democratic process?

On the Marr Show today she said voters trust businessmen  (and businesswomen too, of course) more than elected politicians. Liz Kendall’s contempt for democracy is in danger of becoming legendary. Is she trying to take the piss? Is she the world’s first flesh and blood parody account?

Liz Kendall is in the pocket of the forces of darkness who paid Freddie Scappaticci (Steak Knife) who murdered their own informants, who went from that to framing innocent Irish Catholics in their bid to demonize Catholic lawyers like Pat Finucane, whose life was put in danger, whose life was taken by Special Branch undercover cops infiltrating Loyalist death squads. Collusion whether done at an official level or by means of a nod and a wink, with senior Cabinet Ministers provided ‘plausible deniability’.

Liz Kendall loves the generals who have threatened mutiny if Jeremy Corbyn succeeds in doing what Salvador Allende did in Chile, winning a popular mandate, as is on the cards despite Britain’s mass media refusing to take the prospect seriously.

Time for the left to deal with all these Blairite traitors. These people have nothing to do with the Labour movement, and the day has to be rapidly approaching when both David Cameron’s party and Jeremy Corbyn’s begin to split on an organizational, and not merely ideological basis, reforming into a grand coalition no one voted for and which no one wants.

Hilary Benn is a lost cause. He is stamping all over the legacy of his great father. Angela Eagle and Tom Watson  secured the vote they did by asking for a mandate to defend the democratic wishes of Labour’s voters. They have betrayed their mandate. Angela Eagle is only on the front bench by the grace of the leader she happily stabs in the back every chance she gets. Her days are numbered. Tom Watson got elected by lying to voters. The party no longer trusts him. Members want the important deputy post to be held by someone who isn’t actively working to undermine the democratically-elected leader.

Jeremy Corbyn’s critics in the PLP are just biding their time. But since they are using that time to poison their own party in the eyes of the electorate, there is no time to waste. They may use the Trident vote, or the Brexit vote, yet another of their notorious  illegal wars, or possibly a scandal involving David Cameron’s use of violent police spies in the workers movement…. We can’t predict what pretext they will seize upon for splitting from the Labour Party and setting up SDP 2.0. Time for the left to prepare. Time to demand deselection of all traitors. Long overdue

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Blairite MPs WANT to be expelled

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Isabel Hardman concludes her report of yesterday’s Parliamentary Labour Party meeting in a way that clarifies just about everything: the overwhelming majority of those MPs have zero commitment to their own members or voters, are in fact little more than an appendage to the David Cameron wing of the Conservative Party – a fact that may point towards a grand coalition government before the next general election, one comrprising a majority of Labour MPs, the anti-Brexit wing of the Tories, Ulster Loyalists and Liberal Democrats.

There was an interesting division in the Labour MPs I spoke to this evening. And it wasn’t over whether or not to abide by the instruction to keep the meeting off the record. All agreed that it was a miserable show. But some were miserable that it was miserable because they are desperately worried about their party. Others are grimly pleased that this first session between the leader and his parliamentarians went so badly, because it helps their mission to persuade as many members of the PLP as possible that something must be done sooner rather than later.

That was Comrade Hardman’s Spectator Blog here: http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/labour-mps-walk-out-of-party-meeting-as-corbyn-tries-to-enforce-message-discipline/

This is interesting from a variety of perspectives.  100% of the MPs she spoke to said the meeting with their leader was miserable. Didn’t she speak to any Corbyn loyalist, or isn’t she interested in them, or is she saying they don’t exist inside the parliamentary Labour Party, or they refuse to speak to her? How many of these MPs flouted the instruction for not bad-mouthing the party leader, cowardly giving off-the-record briefings so their constituency Labour Party couldn’t discipline them for helping the Tories? Are 100% of Labour MPs in David Cameron’s pocket? That’s not quite the case obviously, but it can’t be too far off. Even those MPs who don’t want to betray their members seem to do so due to sheer incompetence. Not all of them, but some just can’t help themselves.

Isabel Hardman detects divisions within the Parliamentary Labour Party, and they matter to Jeremy Corbyn and the overwhelming majority of the members who back him with enthusiasm, and with a deep respect that borders on… love?

The reality is that Jeremy Corbyn has earned an affection that is extremely unusual in politics. This is a man who is not a careerist. During the laedership election, Yvette Cooper went out of her way to insist that Jeremy Corbyn’s lack of personal ambition was a character flaw rather than one of a very large number of reasons why he earned over three times as many votes as she did.

Jeremy Corbyn believes in aspiration. But his is not a desire to climb his way out of the miserable position of most Labour voters. Like every other socialist, Jeremy Corbyn wants to create a society fit for everyone. He has empathy and he listens. And the bullying of someone like that makes most Labour voters feel nothing but contempt for his abusive detractors, and more and more warmth towards the victim of this bullying. Counterproductive. Isn’t it obvious?

Can’t Labour members demand the MPs who tell Isabel Hardman they actually relish the PLP meeting being ‘miserable’ – because it helps them topple Jeremy Corbyn – identify themselves, rather than hide in the shadows, cowards plotting in the dark? And if they refuse to do that, let’s just draw the obvious conclusion that it is the same scumbags who crawl onto Daily Politics, Sunday Politics, Newsnight, Murnaghan, This Week, The Andrew Marr Show, Channel4 News, Today, Westminster Hour, Question Time, Any Questions etc, etc, et-bloody-cetera, basically telling voters not to offer any vote of confidence to Jeremy Corbyn, which will explain why May’s elections happen to be a test of these Blairite MPs and not at all the victim of their daily abuse in collaboration with the Tory editors and so-called journalists.

The gloves are off. It’s high time for Jeremy Corbyn’s base in the Labour Party (that is, the membership) to take our gloves off too. These Blairite bullies need to be cleared out of the way so there are genuine Labour representatives on the Daily Politics, and not just fifty shades of Toryism. Deselection has to be placed onto the agenda. That is the only way to put an end to this electorally-damaging one-sided civil war.

One concluding point: why have I called this blog post ‘Blairite MPs WANT to be expelled‘?

Blairite MPs are split. We need to define our terms. For a start, Tom Watson has to be described as a Blairite, at least by my definitions. His hatred of Tony Blair as an individual is entirely beside the point because Gordon Brown and Tony Blair shared the same ‘Modernisers’ project that gave birth to the political abortion that was New Labour.

Blairite has to be a description of those who made their peace with Tony Blair’s counterrevolution. That episode in Labour’s history has come to an end. Jeremy Corbyn is the democratically-elected head, heart, and spine of the Phoenix that’s risen from the ashes of the Blairite crash and burn, illegal war criminal apocalypse. Tony Benn’s party is coming home, and it’s destined to prove much more successful than the one Hilary’s dad tried to create.

I never joined Labour when Tony Benn said, “There are too many socialist parties and not enough socialists.” I am still undecided as to whether or not I was right to boycott the party at the time. But I want to join now, and as soon as posible; and I want to invite my co-thinkers who boycotted Labour in the early 1980s when the rest of the left climbed on board.

The left are being encouraged to call for the expulsion of Blairite MPs. That would be a catastrophic error, imho. Frank Field, Emma Reynolds and the rest of these MPs are desperate to get expelled. That is because it would give them precisely the excuse they need to split the anti-Tory vote, knowing full well that it will help keep Labour out of power as Shirley Williams did when she set up the Social Democratic Party. However, this time it isn’t going to work. At any rate, it won’t work provided Jeremy Corbyn’s Momentum activists don’t play into the hands of the PLP majority by calling for a purge of these MPs who are a miniscule minority within the party’s membership. Remind Labour’s MPs that they have no job for life, nor any right to expect one. These MPs owe their careers not to their political skills, but to the activism, financial contributions and votes of party members. Without the party behind them, they are nothing; nothing more than rather dull echo chambers for David Cameron’s agenda.

These Blairite MPs never tire of betraying their own voters by parroting – and voting for – David Cameron’s reactionary twaddle, as often as not actually attacking Tories from the right! So it’s time to reduce such traitors to the status of mere mortals, of rank and file Labour Party members. Don’t expel them. Not unless there are very exceptional circumstances. A witch hunt of the party will take on a logic all of its own, rapidly getting out of hand, as one set of dissidents fall victim to an even purer set of hard line ‘Corbynites’. On the contrary, let a thousand flowers bloom. Let’s have disagreements amongst ourselves cherishing those willing to ‘think outside the box’. Let every disciplined minority retain their right to try to win votes at a future date, even when the rest of us are convinced they are mavericks who, on a few specific areas, don’t know what they’re talking about. Let’s agree to differ. Let’s respect each other. Let’s listen to each other, taking pride in respecting fellow Labour Party members enough to care what they are arguing with their workmates, students, family and friends.

What Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters need to do, and as soon as possible, is to entirely unwind the reactionary witchhunts of Neil Kinnock,  and the self-inflicted purges of the left that’s lead to a spiraling fragmentation of the left-of-Labour vote. Time for TUSC, Left Unity and all the rest to call it a day, to instead set up shop inside the Labour Party as constructive components of a healthy broad church of the left.

The democratic winding up of the notorious Life of Brian sectarianism of the extra-parliamentary left will make the anti-Tory Party broad church par excellence ever more attractive to all the exploited and oppressed to everyone attracted to human rights, justice, and equality. Simultaneously, this will lead to an increasingly hostile environment for Tony Blair’s yes-men and women. No one who cherishes democracy has anything to fear, but democracy is like holy water to the Blairites. If any profiteer-loving vampires refuse to learn lessons, abiding by majority votes, prefering instead to rip up their party cards, to then split the anti-Tory vote, then good luck to them. They’ll need it.

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If your wood falls down while it’s being buffed does it make you laugh?

How did Joss Whedon get away with these jokes? No one else could.

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Dancing with myself

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Sign petition to win a democratic free press

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I’m signing this petition because democracy has to mean more than the right to put a cross on a ballot paper once every five years. That is especially so given, that under first-past-the-post and media bias, David Cameron has managed to achieve a majority government with less than a quarter of those entitled to vote positively endorsing his right-wing agenda.

David Cameron thinks he can ride roughshod over the entire elected House of Commons by using MI5 and GCHQ to spy on all 600 plus MPs and all their constituents, simultaneously denouncing the leader of the opposition as a ‘terrorist sympathiser’, while, in the most sinister manner possible, calling on the police to shoot-to-kill ‘terrorist sympathizers’, with no prosecution of armed police who ‘accidentally’ murder Jeremy Corbyn or any other supporter of the Stop The War Coalition or any other protestor David Cameron doesn’t like the look of.

David Cameron has gotten away with changing the voting rights of Scotland’s MPs without telling anyone he was going to do that, and he repeatedly breaks election promises, appointing useless unelected idiotic glove-puppets to the House of Lords to get his way when even his own backbenchers don’t like what he’s proposing, and progressively even they are unhappy with him, unhappy but scared shitless to do much about it. Why are Tory MPs intimidated by their own Prime Minister?

Knowing that David Cameron uses MI5 and GCHQ to spy on them does make them paranoid, which is precisely why he does it, and has boasted about doing it in the House of Commons recently, in an answer to a Prime Ministers Question from David Davies. No one can forget about former Tory Party Chief Whip Tim Fortescue boasting that those in his position compile dossiers to blackmail Tory MPs. Given the behavior of many in the PLP recently, it’s quite possible that many Labour MPs may also be being subject to intimidation from David Cameron, the Tory Party Chief Whip, and MI5.

David Cameron got his majority government with a ‘mandate’ falling short of one quarter of those entitled to vote in May’s general election. Political illiterates at the BBC, SKY News, Channel Four News, ITV and C5 may think that allows him to do what the hell he likes. Most voters beg to differ. And this over-the-top media bias cannot possibly work. What we are witnessing is a switching-off of most television that purports to be ‘news’. It is nothing more than British Establishment bullshit: MI5, GCHQ, HSBC, CBI, Monarchist propaganda. It’s not being swallowed other than by a tiny Tory elite, Tony Blair’s fan club, and the most alienated victims of austerity prone to attack any scapegoat they can find rather than see who is the cause of the misery.

So-called intelligent political commentators keep getting exposed as blind to reality, the rise of The SNP, rout of the Blairites in Labour’s leadership election, consolidation of Jeremy Corbyn’s authority within the Labour Party, as his critics merely make themselves more unpopular with members and voters alike by using their leader as a dartboard on every occasion they’re invited onto the BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News etc.

Tory broadcasters keep looking like idiots because they refuse to pay attention to what is going on repeatedly saying, “No one saw that coming,” when they would know that I and others did and have the tweets to prove it, tweets that Andrew Neil is more than happy to say he doesn’t read. Fine. Don’t pay attention to Twitter’s real-time feedback on Daily Politics, Sunday Politics and This Week. But don’t then say we didn’t tell you so, because we so did.

BBC broadcasters, with handfuls of honorable exceptions, are out-of-touch Tories (or Blairites which amounts to the same thing) living in a mollycoddled bubble, insulated from all the pain and suffering Tory austerity inflicts on ordinary people. Today’s revised statistics about personal debt is a timely reminder that those people lucky enough to be keeping their heads above water do so due to living on the never-never.

Leaving aside the voters who won their own businesses (which seems to be the only people the CBI affiliated BBC give a damn about), most people are having to borrow simply in order to live. They’ve been taught by Tony Blair and by David Cameron that they need to live in the moment, fully expecting market forces to lead to the best of all possible worlds. But this personal debt is an accident waiting to happen.

Those who have plugged into this ponzi scheme life-support system are too addicted to it to think about the consequences. Their hope that ‘something will turn up’ is like the gambler desperately waiting for the big win, or the heroin addict praying he’ll die before the loan sharks skin him alive, or he/she has to sell their bodies for sex in return for putting food on the table for their kids or a roof over their heads.

Jeremy Corbyn is representing an alternative narrative to the market forces and military adventurism. Jeremy Corbyn provides an alternative to the deranged “Let’s bomb some foreigners” brigade. Building walls to stop refugees escaping death by genocidal psychopaths or drowning, starvation, disease or other inevitable consequences of civil wars fomented by the banks or arms dealers… That’s not the Jeremy Corbyn way, nor is it that of the overwhelming majority of Labour Party members that the Blairites clearly wants to expel. That is why Jeremy Corbyn simply has to be lied about, day-in, day-out, 24-7, by Rupert Murdoch and by Rona Fairhead’s HSBC lie machine.

Rupert Murdoch is an ultra-rich reactionary who takes great pride in abusing his ability to distort the picture of reality by means of his control over our so-called free press. One billionaire, one media consortium is not the definition of a democratic free press.It really isn’t.

Rupert Murdoch swore on oath that The SUN reflects what he thinks. And he thinks “It was The SUN wot won it.” Black propaganda is the cutting edge of The SUN’s ‘journalism,’ that and industrial-scale intrusion into the private lives of anyone and everyone, done specifically to intimidate any potential threat to Rupert Murdoch’s business interests.

The lies about Jeremy Corbyn are not a quirk. They’re not accidental. They’re intended as a threat to others who get in Rupert Murdoch’s way. The IPSO have to prove they really won’t let an ultra-reactionary billionaire get away with his corruption of the democratic process. If they allow him and his hired goons to take the piss, then those running the IPSO need to be investigated for potential conflicts of interest.

To cut a long story short, if you haven’t already done so, please sign this petition: https://www.change.org/p/independent-press-standards-organisation-ipso-must-ensure-apologies-are-printed-in-same-font-size-and-page-as-offending-headline?recruiter=61154317&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive

 

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Scotland’s left needs a unity in May

  • I rarely use Facebook anymore. Got a question. How many parts of Scotland’s left have committed themselves to regional list candidates? I hope nothing’s been set in stone. The divisions are tragic. TUSC and Solidarity need to unite again. Not sure if that’s happened yet. But it has to.
  • Secondly, the Greens shouldn’t be considered part of Scotland’s left. Too many reasons why they’ve forfeited that right, but their casualness in splitting the left-vote in England is part of it, as is their attempts to smear Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott for their support of the Stop The War Coalition are a couple of big factors.
  • Thirdly, Solidarity and TUSC have to stand down from first-past-the-post vote in May. I think the former have accepted that. The latter need to too.
  • Fourthly, Solidarity and TUSC need to do more than agree to a non-aggression pact. Both need to try to stand under the RISE banner, in my ‘humble’ opinion. That may be hard for Solidarity to swallow due to the prominence of the Scottish Socialist Party, and their fellow travellers. That needs negotiation. If Tommy is excluded, then he has every right to stand against as an independent or under some other banner. Same goes for any member of Solidarity/TUSC who is denied the right to participate fully as a RISE candidate despite their willingness to do so.
  • Fifthly, a deal needs to be struck with Labour’s left. There are problems and opportunities for the left both sides of the border.
  • Socialists need to think with our hearts and our heads. We need strategy and tactics. We need to get the job done, as principles without hope of winning anything concrete is a waste of our time.
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters can’t admit they want RISE – or any other party other than Labour – to win seats. Nevertheless, in the privacy of the polling booth, there could be a private revolution. Those whose ear socialists external to Labour can win, with respectful debate, ‘fellow travellers’, those willing to cast their vote for he/she they wish was the Labour candidate, rather the one foisted on Scottish Labour members by Kezia Dugdale against the wishes of party members. Jeremy Corbyn can’t be blamed for Kezia Dugdale’s incompetence.
  • The Scottish Labour leadership has forfeited their right to any loyalty by their disenfranchising Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters. That makes it both possible and necessary for RISE/TUSC/Solidarity to reach an accomodation with Momentum in Scottish Labour, although any such deal would have to take place informally. Nods and winks. Nothing put down on paper that commits any Labour Party member to cast a vote for anyone standing against the official Labour candidate as that would be, quite legitimately, grounds for expulsion.
  • Regional list votes can be cast by Scotland’s left. But this will only lead to winning candidates if the left vote is not split half a dozen ways or even more.
  • There is an incentive for all the left to compromise. Those who refuse to do that will pay a very heavy price indeed. Time for the left in Scotland to do deals, and to reach out to the left in The SNP who may also – in the privacy of the polling booth – vote for a left wing candidate for the regional list.
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