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Andrew Murray writes defense of Stoppers

Apparently reacting to the wave of critical attention after Stop the War Coalition chair Jeremy Corbyn was elected head of the Labour party, current chair Andrew Murray has written Stop the War and its critics. The book is published by Manifesto Press, which also published Murray’s page-turner The Empire and Ukraine.

You can read Murray’s introduction here.

All the criticisms addressed here express outlooks which have a history, often a very long one, within the British labour moment. But they also have a strictly contemporary edge – they are driven by the desire (for the establishment, the necessity) to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party. The Stop the War Coalition stands proxy for the man himself.

Murray seems to be claiming on Corbyn’s behalf that his positions and those of the STWC are inextricably one and the same. Based on Corbyn’s behavior in the past few months, I don’t imagine he will raise a fuss about that.

I’m not suggesting anyone shell out £5 to buy the thing, but if you can get hold of a copy, it might make for an interesting review.