Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Momentum, the AWL & The Beano
Last nights Dispatches was a bit of an anti-climax despite being argued and commented on wildly before it was even broadcast. Momentum itself went to the trouble of making a video featuring their members stating how "violated" they felt about being exposed.
Sigh, you couldn't make it. The cry-bullies don't like it when when they are "exposed".
In fact there wasn't much new in the programme and even their underhanded deceitfulness as espoused by Momentum-Fuhrer Jon Lansman didn't really shock or surprise. The fact is that Momentum is not a recreation of Militant per-se, it is or has become something similar in practice.
And more dangerous.
However there was an over-emphasis on the Alliance for Workers Liberty, a small group of perhaps 120 core members who are an "entryist" organisation since they are a "separate, distinct organisation with their own structures, publications and aims are perhaps the least of Labour's real problems. The AWL has always been half-in/half-out of the Labour Party despite it's proscription when it went under the name of Socialist Organiser, the name of the newspaper it published.
The AWL are a group I've always had mixed feelings about depending on who I have had contact with. In PCS they were a rather shouty mob in London with whom I was in constant conflict. Yet at the same time they held quite radically different views of the issues I care about. The right of Israel to exist and the need for a secular stand against Islamism.
The rest of the left capitulated to the arabist anti-Zionist project and Islamism a couple of decades or more ago.
Meanwhile I note the comrades of Momentum have set up a Kids Group that includes teaching the young'uns how to make placards. Show me a child before they are seven.... comes to mind.
My message to them is simple. Sod the Communist Manifesto, demand the Beano!
Anyway here's some music from Cher just because I felt like posting it.