Communist Party of Britain and Morning Star

No excuses for Cuban labour fronts

Submitted by AWL on 13 February, 2019 - 10:49 Author: Pablo Velasco
CTC

Bernard Reagan, national secretary of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, has eulogised the Cuban ″trade unions″ in a laughable piece of semi-Stalinist sophistry (Morning Star, 9 February).

Reagan makes out that Cuban workers have been struggling continuously since the Cuban Workers’ Confederation was founded in 1939. It is true that workers fought to overthrow the dictator Batista during the 1950s – something every socialist supports. The disagreement comes after the Castro movement took over and linked up with the old (Stalinist) Communist Party.

Lexiteers go on tour

Submitted by Matthew on 13 February, 2019 - 10:27 Author: Colin Foster

Who thinks Brexit looks good? Not most of the people who voted Leave in June 2016. They tend to say: well, it can’t be worse, and anyway, we’ve got to go through with it now. About the only people who think that Brexit will improve economic conditions for the majority are the Tory ultra-free-marketers, who say that Brexit will allow Britain to thrive as a low regulation, low social overheads offshore site of operations for global capital. They’re about the only ones — except a few people on the left.

The curious incident of the Stalinists who didn’t bark

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2019 - 10:41 Author: Jim Denham
no deal brexit

In possibly his most famous Sherlock Holmes short story, Silver Blaze, Conan Doyle introduced the idea of the “negative fact”: Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” Holmes: “That was the curious incident.” Holmes drew a conclusion from an expected fact (the dog barking) that did not occur.

Polls, votes, facts, and the Star

Submitted by AWL on 23 January, 2019 - 10:22 Author: Jim Denham
final say

Opinion polls have earned themselves a pretty bad reputation — for obvious reasons — over the past three years or so.

But the ESRC Party Members’ Project is no ordinary opinion poll: it’s part of an ongoing wider academic study. Its recent findings regarding Labour voters’ and members’ attitudes to Brexit correspond to the overwhelming evidence of the last Labour conference and the statistics regarding the Labour vote in the last general election.

Venezuela, the Morning Star, and the facts

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2019 - 11:38 Author: Jim Denham
Maduro and military

“Despite being elected with over two thirds of the vote last May in an election given a clean bill of health by hundreds of international observers…” began the Morning Star’s editorial on 12 January, under the headline: “Venezuela is under siege – it needs our solidarity.”

Cool on Trump, hot against liberals

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2019 - 10:45 Author: Colin Foster
Trump and Putin

On 4 January, US president Donald Trump, in a rambling speech at a meeting of his cabinet, praised the USSR invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. “The reason Russia was in, in Afghanistan, was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there”.

Open letter to Corbyn: fight Brexit!

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 1:54 Author: Sacha Ismail
brexit march

“I think we need to respect the referendum. As I say, I think that there is a deal which can be struck within Parliament that brings everybody together, that respects the views and wishes of communities whether they voted Leave or Remain” —Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary for Business, Sky News, 16 December.

Comrade Corbyn!

The Morning Star resurrects “Blue Labour”

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 1:12 Author: Jim Denham
Blue Labour

What a pre-Christmas treat the Morning Star gave us! More than a whole page given over to an anti- EU tirade under the snappy headline “Brexit offers the possibility for socialists to lead a political transformation – The immediate task before us is to leave the EU and break the constraints on democracy that it represents”. And if that wasn’t enough to stir the patriotic hearts of all loyal readers, the author closes with the clarion¬call: “No deal is the real deal and the left should unite in pursuit of that end.

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