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, September 14, 2007

Not completely obsessed by Trots, honest

Thanks to Theo Blackwell (http://regentsparklabour.blogspot.com/) for sending me the link to the SWP's response to Galloway's critique of their behaviour inside Respect:


This mini guide to other student factions by the CPGB is fun too: http://www.communiststudents.org.uk/paper/003/bestiary.html


Anonymous Adele said...

And why are labour students not there? As the only left group that actually delivers for students, I am shocked and appauled.

3:12 pm, September 14, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

And if you are a university student and can't spell the word "appalled", I'm feeling pretty sick about our education record over the past 10 years of Labour Government.

3:16 pm, September 14, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh for goodness sake, I type fast!

3:44 pm, September 14, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Communist student document says:

"Student Broad Left: The left face of the NUS bureaucracy, and vocational school for Ken Livingstone’s personal staff.
Secretly run by: Socialist Action.
....Masters in the black arts of sectarian manoeuvring, careerism and opportunism, SA’s political hit-men move in the shadows and make the Stasi look like rank amateurs. Avoid."

Luke - Im not versed in the dark arts of the ultra left - but would be interested to learn if indeed this is true before i cast my vote in the Mayoral elections.

8:20 pm, September 14, 2007

Blogger Merseymike said...

The far lkeft have always divided and divided.

The point is that those of us who are no longer labour members bare not necessarily 'left-wingers'. I always thought of myself as on the right of the party.

But I simply don't agree with neo-con liberal interventionist foreign policy and I think NL is too Atlanticist. It was on that issue - iraq - that I resigned from the party.

That didn't mean, for one minute, that I would want to join Respect or anything similar.

12:06 am, September 15, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disappointing how Luke sees the CPGB as an ally to attack sections of the left who campaign for Labour.

Remember CPGB said there were only four Labour candidates worth voting for in 2005.

Why Luke sees these as his friends in his endless quest to exterminate those who are not Labour-right is bizarre...

12:23 am, September 15, 2007

Blogger Doctor Dunc said...

I've always been entirely baffled by the secret lives of the 'so-called' 'organised left' (I say so-called, because the implication is that people like me are disorganised... I suppose there may be a point there!) I was always vaguely aware that good comrades of mine were also members of these various groups, but the only way it impinged on the quality of their activism (and indeed the hard work they put in for the party) was insofar as you couldn't persuade them to talk to each other. The mistake I always made was to think that in organising a vote at a Labour Students conference people could put to one side whether they thought the Soviet Union was a deformed workers' state or if it was state capitalist, or whatever...

(I like the 'word verification' thing below here today: 'epest' - it sounds like something that would come up on Call My Bluff and would probably mean some sort of hacker!!)

8:55 pm, September 16, 2007

Blogger Doctor Dunc said...

(I also suspect that Luke might be the CPGB)

7:02 pm, September 17, 2007


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