Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Militants campaign for readmission to Labour

Socialist Party members are fighting to take part in the struggle to make Labour a mass workers' party with socialist policies

The campaign by the former Militant Tendency to get their members (or at least 75 of them) readmitted to the Labour Party continues unabated as they pick up support from...themselves.

According to the latest post on the Socialist Party website signatories now include:

Janice Godrich, PCS president; John McInally, PCS vice-president; Fran Heathcote, Katrine Williams and Marion Lloyd, PCS NEC; John Reid, transport union RMT NEC; Suzanne Muna, general union Unite NEC; Jane Nellist and Simon Murch, teachers' union NUT NEC; and Ian Hodson, bakers' union BFAWU president.

All these people are members of the Socialist Party. Yet the comrades continue to proudly proclaim 300 people have signed their petition, which isn't that many given the size of the Corbynista movement.

The attempt by the Socialist Party to present leading trade unionists as something other than their own members is not just laughable but frankly quite pathetic.

With Ted Knight returning from the political grave the last thing Labour needs is the old Militant Tendency in it's ranks. 

1 comment:

  1. There is a man in receipt of the Labour Whip in the House of Lords, and who served under Gordon Brown as a Minister in the House of Commons. He had been elected as a Conservative MP at all five of the 1987, 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005 General Elections. He had served in the Shadow Cabinets of Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard.

    But he has never so much as sought to election to anything whatever as a Labour candidate. Given his ennoblement on retirement from the Commons, he has possibly never voted Labour at a parliamentary election. He certainly cannot have done so any more than once in his 72 years.

    Quentin Davies, for it is he, abruptly decided that "my party had left me" on 26th June 2007, the night before Brown became Prime Minister. He was rapidly rewarded, and he has continued to be so. Yet people are making a fuss about Peter Taaffe, Tony Mulhearn and Dave Nellist. Fun though it is to speculate that those three might be given peerages, no one really expects that to happen. Do they?

    Nellist, at least, is certainly active on Twitter as a supporter of a the Durham Teaching Assistants. Leading one to wonder why he would even want to rejoin the Labour Party this side of its rout at the elections to Durham County Council next May.

    On that day, all of the Lib Dems and the Independents must be re-elected, while all 57 of Labour's Clintonites must be Trumped. (The Conservatives and the Labour absentees are less of a priority either way, although the former do deserve more credit than the latter.) Call it a kick in the Rust Belt.