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Lefty Faction Fights in Britain – Why Can’t We Have ‘Em Here?

I'll try to simplify as much as I can: A few years ago, the remaining Trotskyists in England teamed up with the swelling Islamists to form the RESPECT Party, or "Unity Coalition." The idea was to counter Tony Blair's New … Read More

By / October 24, 2007

I'll try to simplify as much as I can: A few years ago, the remaining Trotskyists in England teamed up with the swelling Islamists to form the RESPECT Party, or "Unity Coalition." The idea was to counter Tony Blair's New Labour and oppose the war in Iraq; at least, that's the idea that the media fell for. But if you've heard of this Halloween contingent at all, it's because it has managed to get exactly one member of Parliament elected, George Galloway, who is a kind of patchwork goblin himself, part Stalin, part Saladin.

Anyway, the delicious news is this: RESPECT is now imploding because the Trots are calling it quits. Turns out, Marxists don't really like theocrats who call for the murder of Jews, queers and apostates and the enslavement of women. (Who knew?)

My comrade David T at Harry's Place has been blogging furiously about this, but I think he hit pay-dirt today with this post, written by "Dave Dudley (Editor Leninist Vanguard – writing in a personal capacity)."

I can't tell which is funnier — the content itself or the commenters at HP who aren't sure if it's a parody or not:

RESPECT has made huge strides in the past four years – taking on and defeating New Labour across its heartlands, bringing millions on to the streets to oppose imperialism, forging deep and lasting links between class conscious workers and the massed ranks of Celebrity Big Brother viewers.

George, (I’m on first name terms with him since he stopped talking to the SWP), has been an inspiration to us all and has led RESPECT out of the trenches of sectariana and into battle with the mainstream political parties – now the SWP has stabbed him in the back.

We have been warning George of this danger for several months (see my pamphlet 'On the Cliffite Threat') but initially, probably due to his Labourite-Stalinist bureaucratic-collectivist background, George was unable to see the dagger being drawn. Now though, George has woken up to find the knife hanging out of his back with the bloodstained hands of German and Rees all over it.

I am aware that some of our comrades in Leninist Vanguard have been alarmed by George’s recent derogatory comments about “Leninists” in RESPECT but I can assure you, having spoken personally with George about this, he was not referring to any of us. I quote: “No, don’t worry about it Dave, you’re a good lad”. In fact George bought me a samosa as we walked back from the Tower Hamlets branch meeting – a clear signal that the alliance we have forged remains strong.

 

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