Labour And Anti-Semitism

Is Jeremy Corbyn a racist?

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A story. Probably only an internet legend but, like all the best fables, it makes an important point…

 

Pint-sized U2 taxdodger Bonio was performing at a concert in Scotland. Between songs he asked the crowd for silence. He began to clap his hands slowly. He announced “Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.” From the crowd came a shout in a broad Scottish accent, “Well stop clapping your hands then, you evil bastard.”

 

One of the most obvious but ultimately futile arguments is to present people who are loudly and annoyingly self-righteous with the ways they fall short of the demands they place on others. The aforementioned Bonio has been spouting nonsense about poverty for decades despite being repeatedly exposed as a tax cheat. Numerous televangelists have been shown to live opulent lifestyles despite allegedly worshiping a man who told his followers to give all they owned to the poor; the less about some of these people’s sexual morals the better. The Romans called this argument ‘tu quoque ‘ (you also). Even the magic carpenter at the centre of Christian mythology used the argument when he demanded his critics “first take the plank out of [your] own eye” (Matthew 7:5).

 

Such is my take on the latest row over anti-Semitism rocking the British Labour Party. Continue reading “Labour And Anti-Semitism”

Book Review #5

Posh Boys: How The English Public Schools Ruin Britain by Robert Verkaik

When I wrote (yet another) post against identity politics – Wealth Not Identity – I made reference to the superb sitcom ‘The Young Ones’ and in particular, the episode Bambi. In that episode, Alexei Sayle delivered the following rant…

 

“…I never really wanted to be a train driver, you know. I mean, they told me when I left school, if I got two CSEs, I’d be head of British Steel. That’s a load of nonsense, isn’t it? You look at the statistics, right? 83% of top British management have been to a public school and Oxbridge; 93% of the BBC have been to a public school and Oxbridge; 98% of the KGB have been to a public school and Oxbridge. All you get from a public school is one, a top job and two, an interest in perverse sexual practices…”

 

I highly recommend you read Robert Verkaik’s book Posh Boys: How The English Public Schools Ruin Britain. Continue reading “Book Review #5”

Quote Of The Day #50

Oliver Cromwell

“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

 

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

 

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go! ”
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Brexit: Left Or Right?

Time to learn some history

The Referendum that resulted in the decision for Britain to withdraw from the European Union happened only 25 months ago. It seems longer. Such has been the rage of one section of the Establishment about being torn from the embrace of their neoliberal chums in Brussels that they have thought of little else since June 2016. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the decision to leave the EU was misguided and have little respect for the fantasies of the equally neoliberal section of the Establishment that is obsessed with somehow recreating the times when Britain was economic top dog. Brexit was, is and always shall be about an Elite Civil War.

 

One of the many lies that have grown up around Brexit is that leaving the EU is some right-wing conspiracy and everyone who voted Leave is a either racist thicko or wants to fire up the ovens for immigrants or wants to round up poor people for use as spare organ banks for the plutocratic rich. Or perhaps all three. Dismissing opposition to the EU as mere xenophobia or ‘far right’ populism demonstrates a profound ignorance of both history and economics.

 

Anyone who sees opposition to the EU as only right-wing has never heard of the 1983 Labour Party general election manifesto.
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Reblog: Maryam Namazie

Ex-Muslims: A community in protest

Haven’t posted much recently as I’ve been obsessing over the World Cup. Last time England were in the semi-finals I was still at university. I do feel for those people who don’t like football – the over-the-top media coverage can be extremely grating. An excellent, if foul-mouthed, rant by fellow WordPress blogger Dioclese here.

 

This post is actually a reblog of a post by Maryam Namazie. I have mentioned Namazie before – she was the lady abused and intimidated by Islamist fascists at Goldsmiths University back in 2015. In any sane world she would be a liberal icon – a softly-spoken, feminist ‘person of colour’ (how I hate that racist expression) who stands up against violent misogynists and their far right ideology. Such is the confusion engendered by identity politics that Namazie is abused as an ‘Islamophobe’ – an entirely meaningless insult – and as a ‘native informant’ – another racist term.

 

The post is rather long and contains a large number of links. The original post can be seen here but I have highlighted what I consider the key points below. Continue reading “Reblog: Maryam Namazie”

Picture Of The Day #11

Freedom House is a United States-based NGO that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom and human rights. Freedom House as founded in October 1941 and its first honorary chairs were Wendell Willkie (Republican nominee for President in 1940) and Eleanor Roosevelt (wife of President F. D. Roosevelt).
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