McDonnell to Celebrate Election at Castro Cuba Solidarity Party

John McDonnell and Ian Lavery are to celebrate Labour’s better-than-expected election defeat at a Cuba Solidarity Campaign party next week. McDonnell and Lavery will enjoy Cuban acid house and salsa music, as well as a tribute to Fidel Castro, before giving speeches in praise of the communist Cuban regime. For voters, a look at what you could have won. Of course Fidel never gave himself the opportunity to lose an election…

Fidel’s Final Push

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As the Russian jeep carrying the ashes of the Cuban military dictator passed near Moncada Fort it broke down abd had to be pushed along by soldiers. As crowds shouted “Long live Fidel” his ashes ground to a halt. Socialism sputtering till the end….

Comrade Brillo’s Tribute to Castro

Viva La Revolucion!

Gott-cha: Douglas Murray Exposes KGB Agent

Of all the apologists for Fidel Castro paraded by the BBC over recent days Richard Gott was perhaps the worst. As reported by GQ, Gott was Seumas Milne’s old-Wykehamist mate, the communist traitor who was exposed years ago as an agent of influence in the pay of the KGB:

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Gott’s posthumous propaganda and historical revisionism on behalf of the dead military dictator went unchecked on the BBC News Channel. Thanks to Douglas Murray on Sky News Gott did not get a free ride…

Thornberry Pulls Out of Israel Event to Attend Castro Funeral

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Emily Thronberry has pulled out of an event on Britain’s relationship with Israel in order to attend Fidel Castro’s funeral, Guido can reveal. Thornberry was due to speak at today’s conference hosted by BICOM and the Jewish News discussing terrorism and “cooperation” between Britain and Israel. Guido understands she is now in Cuba. Labour’s foreign policy priorities summed up…

BBC Interrupts Snooker to “Remember Castro”

Snooker fans tuning into the BBC’s coverage of UK Championship last night were left disappointed:

“A change to the schedule now on BBC2 means that tonight’s snooker coverage will start at 12:15am. Instead a special programme remembers Fidel Castro.”

A puff piece of a documentary with Peter Hain glossing over Castro’s crimes. Just before, Newsnight had West-hating relic Tariq Ali on to defend Castro’s “social dictatorship”.

Snooker ditched for a Castro love-in double bill. Your cue to switch off…

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…

“Springtime for Fidel”: BBC Cuba Expert Composed Castro Musical

BBC News 24’s coverage of the death of Cuban military dictator Fidel Castro was beyond parody at some points this weekend. They had Richard Gott on as an “Expert on Cuba” without mentioning the role for which he is better known – as a KGB agent of influence and close colleague of Seumas Milne when he was at The Guardian. Dr Denise Baden was introduced as a Southampton University Professor in the Business School – viewers may have thought she was an academic expert. This was far too modest an introduction for Professor Baden…

She is also a musical impresario, writer and composer ofFidel the Musical. Mel Brooks, eat your heart out:

Sing-a-long “Viva Fidel Castro!, Viva la Revolucion!”

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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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.

Jez, John and Fidel at May Day March

London’s May day marches are famous for displaying large banners and images celebrating communist dictators, and this year is no exception. Kicking off the festivities this year will be Cuban ambassador Teresita Vincente, who is presenting a portrait of Fidel Castro to the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell at 11:30am on Sunday. Corbyn and McDonnell will be addressing the public on Clerkenwell Green immediately after, allowing the crowds to hear from their very own bearded far left leader. Now there was a man who knew about a crisis…

Via Islington Tribune

Deathbed Conversions

Guido is a betting man, yet he would never have put money on hearing Castro finally concede that Cuba’s revolution was a failure. He also never imagined Denis Skinner could open his arms and embrace a Blairite. But it seems socialist pigs do fly…

With Castro telling a journalist this week that “under ‘the Cuban model’ the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country,” the Beast of Bolsover, not wanting to feel left out has endorsed Blairite David Miliband for leader.[…] Read the rest

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