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.

Friday, April 20, 2007


The CPGB's Weekly Worker always provides an amusing look at the rest of the far left. This week's edition is no exception, with an insider account of Respect's London Mayoral selection.

But buried in there are always little gems to remind you that far from being amused observers, the CPGB themselves are one sandwich short of a revolutionary picnic.

Their stance on the Olympics for instance - on page 12 - they offer to support Ken Livingstone, but only:

"if he breaks from his support for the 2012 London Olympics- a sporting form of war between states that help create the ideological conditions for horrors such as Iraq; then we should say we will vote for him. Campaigning around such demands is the way to get to Labour’s rank and file in the constituency parties, the activists in the affiliated trade unions and Labour’s mass base in the working class".


Blogger Chris Paul said...

Er, that's an ungrantable demand like the one that says Palestinians will henceforth travel only on hands and knees through Zion ... but they will support Ken anyway ...

9:54 am, April 20, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

It's a transitional demand.

10:07 am, April 20, 2007

Blogger Tom Freeman said...

Oh, but they're so right that the Olympics can breed war. Hitler hosted the games in 1936 and look what happened after that...

12:00 pm, April 20, 2007

Blogger el Tom said...

I can't believe the cynicism of Respect sometimes. They really are as low as it gets.

2:32 pm, April 20, 2007


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