• 'Islamic State',  Anti Muslim Bigotry,  Anti-imperialism,  Epic Fail,  feminism,  Women's Rights

    The return of the Bunting

    Long-term Harry’s Place readers will recall a period when Madeleine Bunting featured here almost as much as Jeremy Corbyn does now, when Islamism and its relationship to multi-culturalism was emerging as a topic. Bunting is a cultural relativist plus anti-imperialist of an Edward-Said-and-water kind, which ultimately comes down to a Lonely Planet view of other cultures even when they are ghettos within her own country.  We go to them as tourists and if female we mind our dress and head scarves and whether we can enter the coffee houses. They should be their authentic selves and we display our sensitivity and even post imperialist guilt by not applying our Western…

  • Anti-imperialism

    Anthemgate

    You will have seen the news. Jeremy Corbyn opted to stand in silence during the singing of the national anthem at a service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. … A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: “Jeremy attended today’s event to show respect for those who fought in conflicts for Britain. “As he said in the words issued this morning, the heroism of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain is something to which we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude. He stood in respectful silence during the anthem.” His decision attracted attention on social media, and Sir Nicholas said it had been…

  • Anti-imperialism,  antisemitism,  Britain Today,  Communists,  Galloway

    Bizarre George Galloway gamble backfires for unionists

    Last night the BBC carried a major debate on the referendum from Glasgow – with the audience specifically Scotland’s youngest voters. Both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ were allowed to nominate two people for the debate. The SNP and Green party represented the Yes campaign. The ‘No’ ( Better Together) chose the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and incredibly George Galloway leader of the tiny far-left Respect Party. Just let that sink in for a minute. To defend the union – they chose not a representative of the Labour Party or the Liberal Democrats but a man who has shown nothing but contempt for the British state they seek to maintain.…

  • Anti-imperialism

    The Milne-Socialist Unity-Galloway guide to anti-imperialism

    Everyone in Ukraine who opposed the regime of Viktor Yanukovych is a Jew-hating neo-Nazi. (Never mind the Jew-haters anywhere else in the world.) Everyone in Venezuela who opposes the regime of Hugo Chavez and now Nicolas Maduro is a rightwing fascist. (People like Teodoro Petkoff simply don’t exist.) Everyone in Syria who opposes the regime of Bashar al-Assad is a bloodthirsty Al Qaeda terrorist. There are no exceptions, no gradations, no middle ground. Now that makes things much simpler, doesn’t it? Update: John Wight’s tribute to the masked Russian soldiers in Crimea was apparently too much for his comrades at Socialist Unity, who took it down. (Hat tip: Michael and…