Trotskyist Super-Faction Organising to Take Over Momentum

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Guido can reveal the existence of a secret email group used by veteran Trotskyists organising to take over Momentum. An alliance of Trotskyist factions used a private mailing list named “Momentum Informal Contacts” to discuss how to vote at Momentum’s conference last week. Emails leaked to Guido show Sacha Ismail from the Alliance of Workers Liberty, Rebecca Anderson from Workers’ Power, Delia Mattis from the the Independent Socialist Network and Tina Becker from the Left Unity and the Communist Party of Great Britain have formed a huge Momentum super-faction. In the emails, the various factional leaders refer to themselves as “we” and celebrate the “fantastic gains” they have made.  It is an unholy alliance of senior Trots.

What is their motive? A senior former AWL source tells Guido that the Trots are seeking to take over or split Momentum. They confirm allegations made by shadow cabinet aide Laura Murray yesterday that the Trotskyist faction is battling Momentum chief Jon Lansman and younger members of Momentum for control. The AWL want Momentum to organise in constituencies, setting up their own branches and parallel structures to the Labour Party, essentially forming a rival party. This is opposed by other more moderate Momentum members. The AWL see themselves as “democratising” Momentum and claim the Lansman wing are “Stalinists”. 

How significant is this Trotskyist threat to Momentum? Sources in the group say very. The AWL-led alliance is highly experienced and organised, many of them are Oxbridge-educated, the group runs public speaking training sessions for its members. They have money too – Guido is told some AWL members pay a subscription fee of £120 per month. The anti-Trot Momentum members are by contrast disorganised, inexperienced (other than Lansman) and, as one Labour organiser source puts it, “don’t have a clue”. Evidence of a Trotskyist super-faction will terrify those currently in charge of MomentumWho’d have predicted Momentum would be torn apart by splitters…

Labour ‘Moderates’ Loved Castro Too

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The vast majority of Labour MPs stayed silent over the weekend as their leader praised a murderous communist dictator. Why? As this 2008 Early Day Motion shows, Castro had support from across the Labour Party, including many so-called moderates. A motion “commending the achievements of Fidel Castro” was signed by centre-left MPs including Keith Vaz, Lindsay Hoyle, Virendra Sharma, Karen Buck, Clive Efford, Andy Slaughter and Kelvin Hopkins, as well as thinking lefties like former Miliband aide Jon Cruddas. Obviously Corbyn, McDonnell, Thronberry, Diane Abbott and the usual cranks backed it too. Given his penchant for persecuting gays and locking up “deviants”, goodness knows what Castro would have done to Vaz…

SNP Fall Out Over Castro

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The Scots Nats are engaged in some internal fisty cuffs over whether Castro was a hero of independence or a homophobic “monster“. Comrade Angus MacNeil reckons he was

“a nationalist symbol of regional pride and defiance against the gringo superpower”

SNP MP George Kerevan agrees in bonkers fake newspaper the National:

“There are great lessons to be learned from Castro’s Cuba. He managed to link national identity and national independence with a progressive, socialist project”

But Kerevan has been slapped down by his SNP Westminster colleague Stewart McDonald:

“Nothing progressive about the imprisonment of gays, incarceration of those with HIV or locking up trade unionists and political opponents.”

Fellow SNP MP John Nicholson has also laid into Kerevan:

“Castro was a monster. No hero he”

One fought against imperialism by a western superpower, ruling a one party state with an army of vicious ideological followers, the other was Fidel Castro…

Corbyn Defends Castro’s “Excesses”

Corbyn, asked about Castro’s human rights abuses – summary executions, decades of impoverishment, gays sent to concentration camps – replies: “There are problems of excesses by all regimes”. Mad.

Castro Dead: Nuttiest Tributes

Jeremy Corbyn:

“Fidel Castro was a massive figure in the history of the whole planet, ever since the revolution in 1959. There are stories of his heroism while living in Mexico in exile and then the boat to Cuba, the march to Havana… For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.”

George Galloway:

“You were the greatest man I ever met Comandante Fidel. You were the man of the century. Hasta la Victoria Siepmre. Orden. RIP”

Ken Livingstone:

“I’ve been to Cuba many times, it’s a very open and relaxed society. I’m sure they will, over time, move towards something like a traditional West European democracy… We didn’t have an entirely functioning democracy in World War Two, it was shut down. The general election was cancelled, anyone expressing support for Hitler was thrown into prison”

Vladimir Putin:

“The name of this outstanding statesman is considered to be a symbol of an era in the modern history of the world… Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia. He made an enormous contribution to the formation and development of Russian-Cuban relations, close strategic cooperation in all fields. This strong and wise man always looked with confidence to the future. He embodies the highest ideals of politics, citizen and patriot, sincerely convinced of the rightness of the case, which gave his whole life. The memory of him will live forever in the hearts of Russian citizens.”

Jean-Claude Juncker:

“With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond. Fidel Castro remains one of the revolutionary figures of the 20th century.”

Gerry Adams:

“I have good memories of meeting with Fidel. He was very conversant with Irish history and good friend to the Irish people and an admirer of our struggle, especially the hunger strikers of 1981.”

Ayatollah Khameni:

“I extensively talked with Fidel Castro in person, it is his personality to believe and rely on people”

Peter Hain:

“Indefensible human rights abuses but Castro created society equality, free health & education, international solidarity despite USA siege”

Justin Trudeau:

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation. While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.

Nothing however beats the BBC’s coverage. They are reporting Castro’s death more favourably than Thatcher’s. No ‘controversial’. No mention of the thousands summarily executed after the revolution. No mention that he demanded the USSR nuke the USA. No mention of the decades of impoverishment and human rights abuse. No mention of his secret police rounding up homosexuals and putting them in concentration camps. Castro gets a free pass on democratic norms – “his critics accused him of being a dictator”. Does the BBC think that is only an allegation? Particular congratulations to the BBC News Channel, who interviewed “Cuba expert” Richard Gott, without mentioning he was a KGB agent of influence. Slow clap.

City University Journalists Protest Loony Student Union

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Last week City University’s student union voted to ban the Sun, Mail and Express from campus – a stunningly dense idea since those papers are some of the largest employers of City University journalism students. This morning City journalism students are protesting their half-witted union by lining the campus with copies of the Sun, Mail and Express. The best way to stand up to the ban-everything special snowflakes.

H/T Jake Fenwick, James Walker.

Shadow Chancellor Sold Out on 100% Top Rate of Tax

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These days John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn are aligned with the right-wing capitalist running dogs of the Labour Party on income tax, favouring a 50% top rate. This is yet another policy position on which they have massively sold out. Just five years ago McDonnell’s pamphlet for the Trotskyite group Permanent Revolution, which Guido yesterday revealed included calls to arm the working class, demanded a 100% top rate of income tax for the richest in Britain. As well as a further 50% wealth tax to appropriate half their assets.

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From full communism to Miliband-lite as soon as he became Shadow Chancellor…

McDonnell Wanted to Arm Working Class, Now Swears Allegiance to Queen

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Last night John McDonnell swore allegiance to the Queen as he was appointed to the Privy Council. The final act of selling out for the Shadow Chancellor, who Guido can reveal just five years ago backed calls to arm the working class and mount a revolution. In 2011 McDonnell wrote the foreword for a pamphlet by the Trotskyite organisation Permanent Revolution, in which he endorsed the “timely” proposals and “range of resistance” detailed inside. That resistance included calls for a “militant movement” to carry out a “revolution” and bring down the government:

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And the pamphlet endorsed by McDonnell also called for the working class to be “armed” so they could disband the army, police and secret services:

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Just a few years ago John McDonnell was an ultra-republican who backed calls for the violent overthrow of the British state, to arm the working class and form a militant movement which could fight the police and the British army. Now he’s on bended knee to the Queen having joined the Privy Council, the epitome of the establishment. Is there a bigger sellout in British political life?

BBC Journalist Suspended For Calling Tories “New Nazis”

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The BBC journalist who Guido last week revealed had called the government “new Nazis” has been suspended. BBC Look North’s Danny Carpenter, a veteran reporter and lifelong leftie, posted the ill-advised rant on his personal Facebook page in breach of the Beeb’s impartiality guidelines.[…] Read the rest

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Jenny Tonge: Rise in Anti-Semitism is Israel’s Fault

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LibDem peer Jenny Tonge has worked out who is to blame for the rise in anti-Semitism: Israel, of course! ‘Jihad Jenny’ sent this letter to the Guardian yesterday. They decided against printing it but Guido reproduces it below:

Subject: Tough on anti Semitism/ tough on the causes of anti Semitism?

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BBC Journalist Calls Government “New Nazis”

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When Boris criticised the BBC’s impartiality in his conference speech the Beeb’s panjandrums mumbled about how everyone complaining means they must be doing something right. Crazy Corbynistas claiming Auntie props up neo-liberal patriarchy is not quite the same as most fair-minded people recognising that on issues such as immigration and Brexit she is out of tune with mainstream Britain.[…] Read the rest

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Guardian Blasts Own Editors For Traingate Blunder, BuzzFeed Turned Story Down

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An internal Guardian investigation has blasted the paper’s editors for publishing the original Traingate story by a freelance journalist who turned out to be a Trot. The Guardian readers’ editor rubbishes the article as “a kind of gonzo news release by two Corbyn supporters”, concluding that the paper “misled” its readers and that editors’ “pre-publication checks and balances failed”.[…] Read the rest

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Top Momentum Fixer’s Steven Woolfe Slur

Max Shanly, the top Momentum fixer who was made famous by Dispatches, said yesterday that he hoped Steven Woolfe didn’t recover from his injuries. Shanly wrote the above post on a private group of young Labour members, calling Woolfe a “fascist” and blasting others for sending him messages of goodwill.[…] Read the rest

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London Labour is Corbynista Epicentre

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Corbyn’s spinners are working overtime to stress their Shadow Cabinet’s northern roots. The truth of course is London Labour is the epicentre of the loony left – the Leader, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Brexit Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary occupy four neighbouring constituencies in North London.[…] Read the rest

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Momentum Bosses Accused of “Bowing to Israeli Pressure”

Senior figures at Momentum are being sent abuse from Corbyn supporters accusing them of “bowing to Israeli pressure” for sacking Jackie Walker as vice chair. Despite the group’s overall very lenient response to the Walker row, Momentum bosses Jon Lansman and James Schneider (who are both Jewish) are being sent messages like the one above accusing them of following “the agenda of the Israeli embassy”.[…] Read the rest

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Momentum Not Suspending Jackie Walker, Demand Labour Reinstate Her

Momentum have sacked Jackie Walker as vice chair but decided not to suspend her membership or remove her from their steering committee. They say in a statement released last night that her comments on the Holocaust were “irresponsible” but not anti-Semitic, and they say she was stitched up: “Momentum is concerned that footage of a training session was leaked to the press.[…] Read the rest

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