A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Thank you for the advance warning comrades

One of the most endearing features of the ultra left is their habit of publishing all their organisational plans and internal tactical debates online or in newspapers.

So thank you my Trotskyist friends in the Alliance for Workers' Liberty (previously known as Socialist Organiser, and proscribed by Labour's NEC) for this newsletter, being handed out at tonight's Hackney John McDonnell rally:


They have an interesting twin-track approach - not only do "socialists need to stand against Labour candidates who are directly attacking the working class" (though strangely this lot only stood in Hackney Central, a ward with three quite publicly non-Blairite Labour councillors) but "we should be able to fight inside the Labour Party too."

"Some Hackney Labour Party branches are controlled by right-wing cliques." Whoever can they mean?

"But not all. Where possible socialists should be active in branches... In some branches the right wing has been challenged recently. Haggerston-Hoxton branch opposed privatisation in the NHS, Leabridge branch is sponsoring the meeting with John McDonnell."

And not content with inciting entryism into selected ward parties they want to pack the GCs with union delegates too: "Many affiliated unions do not send delegates to Hackney Labour Party. This plays into the hands of the right wing. Activists should get delegated and promote McDonnell."

They conclude "One consequence of the decline in membership is that the right wing is vulnerable. It is feasible that a strengthened left organising behind McDonnell can not only build support for his leadership but challenge the fake-Labour careerists who run the party and Hackney Council."

Oh well. Here we go again. This "fake-Labour careerist" is sharpening his metaphorical Ramon Mercador memorial icepick, dusting off his Rulebook and reaching for his list of proscribed organisations. Stand-by to repel boarders!


Anonymous Andrea said...

"Some Hackney Labour Party branches are controlled by right-wing cliques." Whoever can they mean?"

Diane Abbott, maybe...she's probably considered a dangerous right winger careerist :Wink:

4:20 pm, October 18, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karl Marx was right. The second time it is farce. We've expelled these parasites once before, we can do so again.

Of course, the reality is that their attempt to make it in the wilderness has failed and so they are executing the "Hackney turn" in an effort to find a few more weak-willed individuals who want to live in a world of authority.

5:17 pm, October 18, 2006

Blogger Harry Perkins said...

You go get them, Comrade Vyshinsky. Damn these Trotskyite wreckers and saboteurs, conspiring with the enemy against the Party and its shining achievements!

For another Great Purge! Let's have another Show Trial, preferably outsourced to PFI contractors!

5:54 pm, October 18, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prunes are good for a purge, I don't know about a Great Purge though.

5:56 pm, October 18, 2006

Anonymous Jess said...

Never mind whether they're ultra-left or just bad losers who can't bear the fact that they have absolutely no influence with the working-classes whom they claim to want to represent, I'm more worried at their Yoda-esque syntax:
"Awash we are with fantastic new services."

Start wielding your light sabre (modern day ice-pick), young Luke, the force is strong in you...

Also, thinking about the Chairs and Secretaries of the two Hackney CLPs, ie those who run the local Labour Party, it's hard to think of people less like "fake Labour careerists": a retired long-serving TU staffer, a left-wing printer, a junior doctor and someone who used to work in financial services who is now active in the local voluntary sector...

9:03 pm, October 18, 2006

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

3 out of 4 of whom would probably self define as being on the left of the Party.

9:45 pm, October 18, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say you either believe in labour as a force to make positive changes or you don't. It certainly isn't acceptable, standing against labour candidates.

9:49 pm, October 18, 2006

Blogger Welsh Spin said...

Burn the witches, burn them ...

2:34 am, October 19, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, Luke, you're just upset because you got turned away on health and safety grounds.

Perhaps people think it's right wing that Labour councillors like yourself want to build houses on green spaces on existing estates.

Or, indeed, that you support attacks on healthcare and education (acadamies!) by the Blair/Brown clique.

Unlike "a soft socialist", let's spell Labour with a capital "L". You know, working class representation and stuff.

Horror of horrors if trade unionist should come to a Labour party meeting! They're not put on for the members, you know!

12:58 pm, October 20, 2006

Blogger bazzab said...

Despite what Luke suggests I can assure you that there has been no entryism into Haggerston/Hoxton Branch of Hackney labour Party. I would have noticed. The anti NHS privatisation resolution was put by a rank and file member who either is or recently was a GP.

Sorry you couldent gain entry into the meeting. We will have to hire a bigger room next time especially as support for Johns campaign grows in Hackney.

7:04 pm, October 20, 2006

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Actually I didn't try to go to the McDonnell event in the end because I was on baby sitting duty that night while Cllr Smith was at a Planning Committee.

12:13 pm, October 21, 2006

Anonymous John Cruttenden said...

Where can I get a list of proscribed organisations? We've got lots of the bastards in my CLP.

2:08 pm, October 21, 2006

Anonymous luke akehurst said...

Which CLP would that be, John? I'd be pleased to help.

1:31 pm, October 22, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I hope you do keep them all out.

Then, when the time comes, there will be no messing, no appeals.

You were a member of the LP?

You will go up against that wall.

If it's up to me, having worked in local government for too long, it will be councillors first.

3:22 am, October 23, 2006


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