More “brilliance” from Stop the War which so many of the commentators who are suddenly Labour “supporters” think is the best thing since Comrade J and Diane Abbot went on a bike to the GDR Worker’s Paradise to admire the Great Anti-Fascist Protection Barrier. No doubt a “sympathetic” writer will soon bring out Islington’s answer to Che Guevara’s “Motorcycle Diaries” entitled “The Triumph of Jeremy Corbyn.”
The Stop the War Coalition has “lost the plot on Syria”, according to veteran human rights activist Peter Tatchell, who says the group has failed to protest against bombing by Assad, Russia or Iran. Kurdish campaigners backing Britain’s decision to target the Islamic State group with airstrikes also protested outside last night’s Stop the War event, attended by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
— Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) December 12, 2015
The Stop the War Coalition has deleted three articles from its website amid intense media scrutiny of its activities. The organisation, which was previously chaired by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has been accused of orchestrating a social media campaign against Labour MPs who backed airstrikes in Syria. As criticism of the group has grown over the last two weeks, it has been forced to remove three controversial articles from its website. The first post blamed Western governments for the terror attacks that killed 130 people in Paris last month.
Labour MP John Woodcock told the BBC the article was an extremely “serious” issue for the party and a sign that Corbyn should distance himself. “Blaming the people of France or the French government or the UK government for the killing of French or UK civilians is akin at the time of the second world war to blaming the Jewish people under the deaths of the Nazis. It is that serious.”
— The Skibbereen Eagle (@theskibeagle) December 12, 2015
The second was a widely criticised article that appeared to praise the “spirit of internationalism and solidarity” of ISIS.
It’s now been deleted but the journalist who wrote the piece, Matt Carr, later apologised for writing the article and appeared to blame readers for not understanding what he meant. “I continue to believe that the overall context of the article makes it clear that I intended no such thing,” he wrote, “and that nobody who is familiar with my writing could ever believe that I would make such a suggestion.” He later said his piece had been misinterpreted but suggested he had not been clear enough. “As a writer, I always strive to be clear and straightforward,” Carr wrote.
— Alex Wright (@koenig_jakob) December 14, 2015
On Friday, it emerged that a third piece had been taken down from the website: an article that said in its headline that it was “Time to go to war with Israel”. Outlining the idea of a “legitimacy war”, the writer, Richard Falk, said it should involve “pressures exerted through the mobilisation of a movement from below, combining popular resistance with global solidarity”. Falk gave the examples of the international anti-apartheid movement against South Africa.
Stop the War has come under sustained pressure in recent weeks from MPs. Several MPs have complained that they received a flood of abusive messages before and after a parliamentary vote on whether the UK should launch airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria.
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— Labour First (@labour_first) December 11, 2015
On Sunday, former shadow minister Tristram Hunt labelled the group a “disreputable” organisation and became the first of numerous MPS to call on Corbyn to pull out of speaking at a fundraising dinner organised by Stop the War. The Labour leader made clear that he would attend the event, which takes place on Friday night.
— Rose Alhomsi (@tweets4peace) December 12, 2015
Shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher said Corbyn might be able to influence Stop the War activists to stop sending abusive messages to MPs. He told Politics Home: “I think it might be quite useful if he went along to it because he can have a word with them as their former chairman and say to them ‘stop the intimidation, stop the abuse and stop the talk of deselections and going after Labour MPs who voted in a way they didn’t approve of.”
Avoiding the press, avoiding the picketers… Corbyn snuck into @STWuk's dinner via the kitchen
— Laura Jayne Connor (@ljconnorjourno) December 11, 2015
— al-Araby al-Jadeed (@alaraby_en) December 13, 2015
So Stop the War (an SWP front until the SWP imploded on its own stupidity and hypocrisy – see under “ideologically sound rape by Comrade Delta”) is no problem to Labour’s new found “Supporters” who proudly proclaim they have no loyalty to the Labour Movement (It’s a bourgeois sell out, innit?) and that the moment Comrade J is off so are they. That the Dear Leader who must not be criticised supports and was until recently Chair of this Anti-Labour Group which I have just shown the truth deniers above called for the destruction of Israel, said Paris had only itself to blame for the recent terrorist massacre of innocents and compared ISIS to the International Brigade speaks volumes? And anybody who says otherwise is a Red Tory?
Bless, we are living in simple times as the electorate looks the other way and the Tories run riot in permanent LMAO mode!!
— Laura Jayne Connor (@ljconnorjourno) December 11, 2015
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