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Niall McCrae: For the Commies, Corbyn is a class traitor

They’re coming out of the woodwork. Emboldened by the surge of support for Jeremy Corbyn, radical left-wing parties have reappeared on our political scene. After plodding along for decades while society moved on, these minor organisations are getting attention beyond living memory of all but the crustiest Trotskyites. ‘Woke’ is the internet meme for the election in which the young got up to vote and changed the course of British politics.  But the Labour Party will not necessarily continue to reap the harvest of youth.

Recently, a new student, declaring his ideological stance by sweatshirt slogan and multiple badges, surprised me on replying to my remark that he must be a keen Corbynite.  ‘No, he’s too soft’. Consider the Socialist Workers Party and the Morning Star extreme? Think again. With stalls at festivals and demonstrations, the really hard Left is luring a fresh crop of students, who are graduating from bland political marijuana to the opium for mass revolt.

Exhibit A is the bimonthly bulletin of the Revolutionary Communist Group, stridently titled Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!  For 80p, (50p for the unwaged, £1 ‘solidarity price’), you know what you’re getting. The quality of writing is surprisingly high, and likely to impress students. Despite the delusional narratives of capitalist evil and conspiracy theories, there is always a smidgeon of fact to support the reasoning. Let’s look at two stories in the June-July edition.

First, the new president of France, Emmanuel Macron. Fêted by The Guardian as a beacon of hope for a troubled continent, to the Revolutionary Communists he is an ‘EU imperialist’ (as naïve students are discovering, there is no love for neoliberal Europe on the true Left). Macron, allegedly, has two aims: to defend the euro at all costs, and to attack the working class. Perhaps they have got this right. I have just read some guff in The Times about wealthy Brits migrating to Paris following Brexit, but let’s review this after the likely winter of discontent. Comrade Melenchon will appeal to the masses at the barricades as the heavily unionised French labour force shows who’s really in charge.  While their cars are torched, the unpatriotic Europhiles might wish they had stayed in Blandford.

Revolutionary Communists 1, Guardian 0.

Secondly, a report on the thwarted socialist utopia of Venezuela. A huddle with placards is shown outside The Guardian office, accusing that newspaper of ‘spreading lies’ about the great Bolivarian revolution. Correcting the fake news of hunger, strikes, dissidents jailed and beaten, and protestors killed by Maduro’s armed police, the Revolutionary Communists explain that reported deaths have mostly been of trade unionists at the hands of US-funded fascists, who want to overthrow the Chavista communards to revive a bourgeois parliamentary system. But this is not convincing: the evidence from troubled Caracas cannot all be attributed to right-wing propaganda.

Revolutionary Communists 1, Guardian 1.

The prime target of this shady group, however, is the Labour Party. The headline ‘Ruling class divided’ tars Labour with the same brush as the Tories, and attacks supposedly socialist parties for treachery in standing aside for Corbyn’s ‘social democrats’ at the recent election. Yes, you read that right – Corbyn and Labour are part of the hated establishment. The leading letter, ‘Shame-faced socialists’, from an activist in Dundee, denounced those who claim to be anti-austerity while lending support to a mainstream party that imposes local authority budget cuts. One is reminded of the Monty Python sketch of the Popular Front of Judea and its rival the Judea Popular Front, which expend as much energy on battling each other as vilifying the ancien regime. The writer recalled: -

‘We have been here afore; in 1979 low paid Black and Irish workers suffering under the Labour government’s wage policy quite rightly booed and heckled Tony Benn as he shamelessly tried to get support for Labour in another election’.

The paper came out before the Grenfell Tower fire, but undoubtedly it would have accused Labour of having blood on its hands. A page is devoted to naming and shaming urban councils for selling off public assets, palms having been greased by profiteers.

Exhibit B is the bulletin of the Socialist Party (formerly Militant). In the latest edition of Socialism Today, Corbyn’s success is celebrated, but with words of caution. The leading article ‘Consolidating the Corbyn revolution’ notes the nauseating mea culpa of his detractors, such as Polly Toynbee. There are two Labour parties (in my view, there are three, as suggested recently), and the Left must be on guard for the regrouping of the fifth column. Red Tories should be thrown overboard, taking their ‘progressive alliance’ with them.

Fortified by people power, Corbyn has sacked rebellious Remainers on his shadow cabinet, and neoliberal Blairites appear seriously weakened. Nonetheless, the moderate Left is numerically strong in the parliamentary party, where comfortable accommodation seems unlikely in the months ahead. It is possible that the heat will be too much for one or two MPs, who might go independent or defect. Or McDonnell’s henchmen could remove the whip and demand a by-election. The turmoil might not be in May’s ‘just about managing’ government, but in the battle for the soul on the Opposition benches.

Outside Westminster, Corbyn is unassailable. Yet the ever-growing rallies are not to everyone’s taste, and the democratic threshold is still a difficult reach. Unless the Government flounders soon, impatience will grow, leading to direct action. Realising that the middle class cannot be trusted, the Revolutionary Communists urge: ‘Don’t vote – revolt’.

Divide and rule is the long-despised tactic of the establishment, because it works. The most promising tactic of centre-right politics is not to attack the hard Left, but to magnify it. Let Corbyn’s Labour face the reality of a membership with diametrically-opposed beliefs. As for the Revolutionary Communists, a left-wing party that attacks Corbyn, the Guardian and the Hampstead sect – what’s not to like?

Niall McCrae

  • UKCitizen

    I would normally ask why we allow the far left to peddle their hate and madness with impunity but crush and ostracise even the faintest suggestion of the so called far right which these days seems to just be anyone who disagrees with anything the left says.
    But reading this one realises that they are all a complete bunch of idiots who will eat there own long before they get to us and we still have a high enough average IQ to tell them where to go.

    • John Smith

      because the MSM is 90% lefty liberal

  • TheStoneMan

    Here is my problem. I am as anti-left as you can be BUT I also find myself agreeing with the
    “naming and shaming [of] urban councils for selling off public assets, palms having been greased by profiteers.”
    I grew up at a time when rich people left “property” – houses, estates, art collections etc. to the care of the “councils” for the good of the people. The idea that these same councils feel they have the right to profit from this past altruism I find offensive.

    • Niall McCrae

      Good point. So many public assets (libraries, playing fields) sold off and we’ll never get them back. Councils too readily use capital (that is, our capital) to correct balance sheets.

      • MrVeryAngry

        Well. These things aren’t really ‘capital’. None of them are used by labour (in the factor of production sense) to create wealth. For example, arguably the function of libraries to provide books has been superceded by Google and Amazon. Yes they have a function as record keepers, but that is just another bit of Local Government bureaucratic responsibility.
        Personally I am all in favour of councils selling of as much of their stuff as they can. One, it’ll bring cash in that can be used to build houses or pay off debt. And two it releases the non-assets – i.e. cost centres – into private use where they can be used to generate wealth.

        • Niall McCrae

          The trouble is, where does this end? Should councils sell off the village green because it costs £xxxx to tend and is worth £xxxxxxx to a property developer? We’ll end up with no public amenities at all. I think a social conservative position is to value aesthetics and certain publicassets (public or private) – otherwise we might as well be ants. Save your library, pub, bowling green, allotments. Blocks of flats or soulless starter housessimply add to the congestion while impairing the existing community’s quality of life.

          • MrVeryAngry

            Well, without PP the Village Green is worth bugger all, so that won’t get sold off. Unless there is spite on behalf of the LA. But you look round your area. The stuff that can go is huge.

  • Fubar2

    “…the evidence from troubled Bogota…”

    Thats Colombia though, isnt it, not Venezuela?

    Dont you mean Caracas?

    • Niall McCrae

      Ooops! Silly mistake, particularly from someone who knew all the world’s capitals at 8 years old.Back to school for me.

      • realfish

        Caracas!

        • Hampsteadpinko

          They’re ALL Caracas.

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Not like Bogota hasn’t its OWN set of problems, though, with that election some months ago which, had it gone a particular other way, would supposedly have ended the smouldering guerrilla war that has persisted for decades. I was charitable and thought you were referring to perhaps a refugee community in Colombia where the actual real reporting on the situation in Venezuela might be emanating from.

    • El Presidente

      Bognor misspelled

    • gunnerbear

      Perhaps the author of the post needs the help of one of our most preeminent geographers…. https://youtu.be/1CS1cUIxBVg

  • El Presidente

    reds under the bed. shock horror. let us probe into this until we can probe no more. then we can sit down and watch Wimbledon.

    • gunnerbear

      I confess your comment did throw me for a moment as I originally read your comment as… “reds under the bed. shock horror. let us probe into this until we can probe no more. then we can sit down and watch the Wombles.” ….I was struggling to make the link between the costs of Uni. education, potential Communism in the UK and the activities of the Wombles….until I reread your comment….

  • Coniston

    So Corbyn is the Kerensky to which Lenin?

  • Liberanos

    I believe there’s a run on ice picks in Islington.

  • Ravenscar

    I really didn’t understand.

    I always thought underneath that, the majority of the great British public are not fools, recently 17.4 million cocked-a-snook at the establishment’s blitz of lies about the EU being a benign force for good and would install heaven on earth – “if only you are patient!” and er just send us [Brussels] more money.

    I thought it would be enough but then there always was another threat, and the remoaniacs are just a side show.

    A wizened little man promising the earth and idiot Marxist to the core then garnered 12 million votes, leaving aside the efnik vote, macruin’s client state and the public sector loons, students, it was definitely a high water mark for the corbynistas but that is not the end of the revolutionaries.
    Above, as you say on Mr McRae, the nutters have been let out, been given fair wind, the media never question them, in fact the media regale them. Disguise and subterfuge, there is a veil, the unseen hands giving momentum behind all of this. The brotherhood will not be denied and insurrection and takeover is what they do – it’s not militant Bolsheviks that should worry, this is altogether a far more real and potent threat and the ‘reds on the march’ are just the train, useful eejits and transport.

    • gunnerbear

      You wonder why people voted – especially young people voted – for the JC The Loon….. https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/corbyn-stirred-youth-vote-way-even-blair-not/ ..and even across the pond… http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/06/16/why-young-americans-are-giving-up-on-capitalism/ …and is it any wonder…they are not fools…assorted policies in the US have resulted in this… http://www.spiked-online.com/spiked-review/article/janesville-an-american-elegy/19998#.WV_Yyojyvcs ..and even Lord T. – yes that Lord T. said this about the Miners Strike… “Those mining communities had good working class values and a sense of family values. The men did real men’s heavy work going down the pit. There were also some very close-knit communities which were able to deal with the few troublesome kids. If they had any problems they would take the kid round the back and give them a good clip round the ear and that would be the end of that. Many of these communities were completely devastated, with people out of work turning to drugs and no real man’s work because all the jobs had gone. There is no doubt that this led to a breakdown in these communities with families breaking up and youths going out of control. The scale of the closures went too far. The damage done to those communities was enormous as a result of the strike.” …and when the Reds got in to power in ’97….they threw the gates of the UK open to all and sundry thus smashing native Brits at the bottom of the pile, right in the teeth. Reds and Blues….f**kin’ over anyone towards the bottom of the pile…

      • Ravenscar

        Thats a good post gunnerbear and on any of it you’ll not hear an argument from me, some of my classmates were son’s of coal miners, they were shut down but the government who closed most pits were of an even redder hue than the toryboys – and I curse them [labour/tory] all.

        • gunnerbear

          I know that Wilson closed more pits than the Conservatives, but huge numbers of miners were offered new jobs in the bigger more modern pits or HMG tried to get them new jobs. That I think is the difference, when the Reds were closing the pits, the perception was that a Red HMG was straining every sinew to get the miners back into work somewhere….. ….but when the Blues did it, the feeling is that the Blues enjoyed doing it, they reveled in their actions and simply cut whole areas adrift that the Blues felt were worthless because they were Red areas….it’s the perception and the evidence seems to support that perception given Lord T’s comment….. …and don’t forget HMG back in the day was actively looking at the ‘managed decline’ of major northern cities…..

  • JohnInCambridge

    I was around in the late 1960s when lefty students were also frothing at the mouth. I think what killed it that time is that lefties are such bores… absolute crashers… After a while it ceases to be sexy and the girls drift off.

  • Phil R

    Lenin thought the best way to deal with an opponent was to have him shot in the back of the head. Thus he would build the New Soviet Man.

    Wait for it. It won’t be long now.

    • gunnerbear

      I thought the New Soviet Man was going to be created by adding Soviet power to electricity……so to speak….

  • Dominic Stockford

    Blandford?! Blandford? Really! I am reliably informed by family members who live there that the local population is changing rapidly, with both those from the Empire and from the Evil Eumpire pouring in at a great rate.