John McDonnell rightly described the NEC’s decision to appeal the high court judgment which upheld Labour members’ rights as a “deeply disappointing decision by a small clique of people behind closed doors.” Who is this small clique? It’s known as the Procedures Committee led by an unelected well-paid bureaucrat. They dedicate the Labour Party’s time and resources, not to fight the Tories, but to fight its own membership. They would be totally at home on McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee or Stalin’s politbureau. The NEC should be immediately convened to overrule this clique so the membership’s wish which is to take the fight to the Tories can be given the priority the embattled working class desperately need.