IMPORTANT UPDATE - GAZA NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION.
The time and assembly point for the HANDS OFF GAZA national
demonstration on Saturday organised by the STOP THE WAR Coalition have been
changed. The protest will now assemble at Embankment, London WC2 at 12-30pm
. Nearest Tube Embankment or Charing Cross under the slogans of: HANDS OFF
GAZA; STOP THE BOMBING; FREE PALESTINE.. Coaches will be going from Walsall
and Wolverhampton no doubt, so contact either Martin Lynch for Walsall or
Andy Goodall for Wolverhampton, both of whose names are in the local
GEORGE GALLOWAY DISAPPOINTS ME.
I say this because George is a man I greatly admire for his
originality and drive. Yet he has a letter in Monday’s Guardian which dodges
the paramount issue for all of us, namely how to get Gordon Brown and his
New Labour cohorts under lock and key after which ‘terrorism’ would almost
completely disappears since it is Bush, Blair and Brown who are the three
most important terrorists in the world.
George has a letter in yesterday’s Guardian which ignores this basic
premiss but which otherwise is of considerable value. It stresses that the
credit crunch and the collapse of the British economy has left a space for a
non-Labour party left to develop . George goes on to say that we in Respect
have established an electoral base in East London, parts of Birmingham and
in some other parts of the country. We have also seen the welcome election
of Dai Davies in south Wales, but the electoral system continues to pose a
barrier to the electoral advance of the parliamentary left outside
Parliament. And we have not been without our own self -inflicted problems.
However we are optimistic that we can make serious progress in 2009 coming
together with others to establish more electorally credible policies to
challenge the neo-liberal promises which have brought such economic
devastation to Britain In this regard, and among other initiatives Ken
Liivingstone has called an important Conference to rally progressive forces
in London on January 24. I hope such initiatives will take matters forward.
Yes George, these are important points but where is the roaring lion
who won an East End seat for Respect, and bearded the lions of the American
Congress when George W.Bush was in total control and made them look stupid
for supporting wars which were racist and unwinnable. The roaring lion has
become a timid pussycat (and I don’t mean the one he impersonated when he
did one of his most daring acts in the TV programme Big Brother). Worst of
all to me is the fact that George doesn’t even recognise me as a kindred
spirit and no matter how many BLOGS I send him, continues to act like other
Labour social-democratic MPs and fails to answer me.
Fortunately there are new lions willing to roar, and not necessarily
from the Labour Party. I take from today’s letter page in the Guardian
Caroline Lucas of the Green Party slating Brown for his complicity in
supporting the Israelis against the Palestinians; Michael Meadowcroft from
Leeds who says bluntly that Israel doesn’t want a settlement with the
Palestinians because it would prevent them occupying the whole of the West
Bank. Then there is John Berger, another old favourite of mine who says it
is established by the Israelis that one Israeli life is equal to 100
Palestinians and that the longest occupation of foreign territories in
twentieth century European history is viscerally racist . That the Jewish
people should accept this, that the world should concur, that the
Palestinians should submit; this is one of history’s ironic jokes. But
there’s no laughter anywhere. What we can do, however is to refute it more
and more vocally.
My own thoughts are the contrast between the followers of the Christ
child born in a manger in Bethlehem and thus naturally coloured (brown) and
the chalky whiteness of the Israeli leaders who claim to speak in Christ’s
name. This is further evidence of American imperialism whereby an important
proportion of immigrants to the promised land have been white Americans who
now control the country and who treat their brown brothers as inferior
citizens in their own land.
Much more to my liking is such people as Lib-Dem leaders Menzies
Campbell, Nick Clegg and Vince Sale who opposed the war in Iraq from the
beginning and even Tories such as Kenneth Clarke who also opposed the war
from the beginning and now looks set to be not only a minister in the next
Tory government as David Cameron persists in committing hari-kari by not
only supporting the war in Iraq which once he opposed it, but refuses to
answer my pleas that he must oppose it.
It seems, therefore, that Tory rank and file are getting anxious and
there is speculation that victory at the next election will evade them
unless changes are made now. So bring back Ken Clarke they say as
speculation of a reshuffle grows. And so there is a picture of Ken smiling
benignly, and raising a fedora hat. Ken thinks that being an opposition
spokesman would be tedious but it would be fun to be a minister in a Tory
government especially PRIME minister as this becomes increasingly likely as
the crunch unfolds.
So there it is George Galloway. But I would be very sorry to lose you
as No1. innovator and suggest that there is one sure way of regaining your
position and that would be to attend the George Barnsby World Wide 90th
Birthday Party at the Wolves FC on Thursday 29 January 2009 from 7pm Sir
John Hayward Suite, and mix with Socialists from throughout the world who
have never betrayed their principles and are about to have their efforts
rewarded by a modern world federation of Socialist states. So do come
George, you will be most welcome.
And for this we say we will:
FIGHT UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH.