The fascist-supporting rag failed to mention that Hitler achieved this ‘victory’, two years after being manoeuvred into power by Hindenburg. In the two years that followed a reign of terror was unleashed on the German working class or any organisation which resisted the fascist juggernaut. He murdering or sent to concentration camps all trade union leaders, socialists, CP members, shop stewards, and any one in a leading position in the Labour movement, or any independent organisation, rendering the working class leaderless. The Holocaust then followed which this rag should bear a heavy reasonability for.
He crushed all opposition, then went to the polls with fascist thugs outside every polling station armed to the teeth telling people which way to vote.
He had total control of the media with which his propaganda minister Goebbels who, in the absence of any alternative voice, applied his technique of ‘the bigger the lie – the more it is believed’.
It is to their eternal credit that, under those circumstances, 2 million Germans stood out and voted against Hitler. It is also a matter of record that Hitler never achieved more than 37% of the vote in free elections.
If the Labour Movement would have been united in their opposition to Hitler he could have been stopped in his tracks.
Thanks to Dave Williams for digging up this poisonous piece of Daily Mail history.
We can’t have members exercising their rights. They’ll be calling for my removal as deputy leader next.
WATSON – THE ASSASSIN
Tom Watson appeared on the Andrew Marr show exuding the self-satisfaction of one who knows he is supported by the establishment in his hostility to the principles Jeremy Corbyn espouses, and to Party members who attempt to apply basic democratic procedures.
He attacked the good members of Wavertree Labour Party with a reckless abandon straight from the witch-hunting school of the crazed US senator Joe McCarthy, which bequeathed the word ‘McCarthyism’ to the English dictionary. The definition of McCarthyism is ‘the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means ‘the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.’
He invoked the vile attacks on Ms Berger by fascist thugs who were jailed for their criminal activities, as he did the murder of Joe Cox by a far-right fanatic and, by implication, linked these monstrosities to the stance of Wavertree Party members, frequently interspersing the word ‘bullying’ or ‘bullied’. Watson, the arch-bully, failed to mention that Wavertree members condemned these racist attacks and had frequently physically demonstrated against them.
Wavertree members might consider seeking legal advice regarding taking action against Watson for his accusations.
It was good to see them hit back with the statement ‘We strongly reject the media inaccuracies and the accusations of political bullying, for simply adhering to party rules and doing our jobs. Furthermore, we as an executive have always and continue now to express total solidarity with Luciana as a victim of misogyny and of antisemitism – coming mostly from the far right. Our chair is himself Jewish and the suggestion that the CLP executive is in any way a party to bullying and antisemitism is a false and slanderous accusation.’
All honest and decent Party members will support them in standing firm and not be deflected from a course of action which is consistent with the finest democratic traditions of the Liverpool labour movement which held sway before Kinnock paved the way for the Blairisation of Labour.
Watson clarified his proposed call for action against Wavertree by saying he wanted its suspension not closure. These days, is there a difference?
In Watson’s world this attack is a method of sending a message to all Corbyn-supporting party branches that he and his cohorts will not brook any attempt to remove the 172 Blairite MPs who are desperate to be re-elected to what they consider is a job for life, so they can continue to sabotage the socialist aspirations of a Corbyn-led government and who will, no doubt, brief against Corbyn during the election campaign itself.
I’d like to see my old mate Lennie McCluskey make a public statement condemning Watson, and defending the right, indeed the responsibility, of party organsiations to hold their MPs to account.
Again, the urgent need for the launch of trigger ballots in all Party organisations is given emphasis by this performance of Watson and the forces which stand behind him.
‘Democracy? What’s that? If I don’t approve of their views I’ll close them down!’
Tom Watson displays an ominous authoritarian tendency.
Because Wavertree Labour Party posted a resolution expressing an opinion on their sitting MP, in accordance with elementary practice of accountability and freedom of expression, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, reportedly has called for Wavertree to be ‘closed down’.
This is the same Mr Watson who has praised the virtues of Blairism and attacked Jeremy Corbyn from public platforms. As well as using the Party Conference platform to pillory Corbyn for some imagined transgression.
Naturally he has received fulsome praise from the media, who have lovingly repeated his every criticism of Corbyn and of the new membership who have flooded into the Party since Corbyn was elected leader. He is on record as describing them as a bunch of Trots and Militants who have twisted the arms of half a million members to force them to support socialist policies.
It is not certain how many new members Mr Watson has actually recruited, I would imagine very few as his energies seem to be concentrated on expelling members rather than building the Party.
His latest demand to gag members who wish to express an opinion on the performance of their elected representative is breath-taking in its arrogance and reveals a profound ignorance of the basic tenets of democracy.
Most seriously, it a reveals disturbing tendency to authoritarianism which, in the psyche of the deputy leader, should cause the membership deep concern.
I would suggest that every defender of the rights of the Party members should flood the Labour and Trade Union structures condemning Watson’s stance.
I also believe that the Party has passed the time when ‘votes of no confidence’ in MPs are relevant, as the Blairites MPs who continue to colonise the PLP have long revealed their true colours.
It is time for every Party organisation to invoke the trigger ballot so that the membership can select the candidate who they believe is suitable in preparation for the General Election which could be called soon.
The longer this is delayed, the more it will allow the Party bureaucracy to claim that it is ‘too late’ to go through a selection procedure, and we will face the appalling prospect of going into a general election with the 172 ‘Labour’ anti-Corbyn MPs as sitting candidates.
Remember while the waffling goes on, May and her gang continue to inflict the most grievous hardship on those in our society least able to defend themselves.
The priority must be to get her out and field a team of Labour candidates who are prepared to fight for their class with the same determination that the Tories fight for their class.
Trigger ballots NOW!
The murderer Dictator Pinochet
An answer to the suggestion that it is inappropriate to criticise Maduro when the capitalist hyenas are circling to impose a dictatorship on Venezuela.
I’m all in favour of building international solidarity against a coup in Venezuela, but the absence of constructive criticism was fatal in hiding the true danger in Chile in 1973 from the forces of reaction led by the gangster US CIA who, with their allies, sabotaged all attempts by Salvador Allende to carry out policies in the interests of the working class.
In 1973, when it was clear that Allende was on course to win the elections, the military, led by the murderer Pinochet, staged one of the most vicious coups in history, when thousands were tortured and murdered by the dictatorship.
Remember the statement by Communist Party leader Luis Corvalan, days before the coup and murder of Allende, he said: ‘We respect the professional stance of the armed forces in their professional defence of Chilean democracy.’
Allende actually brought the murderous General Pinochet (below) into his cabinet under the tragic illusion that he would protect him, when he was the chief instigator of his murder.
Similarly Maduro’s reliance on the military – which is an arm of capitalism – can lead to fatal consequences.
We do a disservice to the working class not to highlight the lessons of history.
Venezuela – a weapon for the Tories
The Venezuelan catastrophe is being weaponised by the usual anti-Corbyn cabal who falsely describe it as another failed socialist experiment. It is not socialism that has failed. Had socialism been carried through in Venezuela at the height of the mass movement following the failed coup against Chávez in 2002, the outcome could have been different.
Chavez defeated the coup and received support from the mass of Venezuelans and implemented reforms in their interests. But his failure to nationalise the banks, the oil reserves and other key sectors meant the capitalists could sabotage Chavez’s programme. In addition, democratic control and participation of the working class in running society were absent. Hugo developed a personality cult with himself as the supreme policy maker.
Maduro is a grotesque imitation of Chavez, and, despite his pompous declarations about socialism and revolution, his policy consists of using the state and party apparatus to manage capitalism, but it’s the Venezuelans who should hold him to account, not Jeremy Hunt, the butcher of the NHS, Trump, or Brazil’s Bolsonaro who rushed to recognise the unelected Guaidó. as president and, with breath-taking hypocrisy, they condemn the Maduro government while selling arms to the most bloodthirsty dictators on the planet. This, while unleashing another outrageous smear against Corbyn.
The Labour Movement needs to mobilise to defend Corbyn, demand a general election, and emphatically reject the charge that Venezuela is a consequence of socialism.