When some on the UK “left” supported Gaddafi – and accepted his money

February 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm (anti-semitism, AWL, history, Human rights, Jim D, Livingstone, Middle East)

A powerful Zionist connection runs from the so-called left of the Labour Party right into the centre of Thatcher’s government in Downing Street. There is no difficulty what ever in proving this.

 Top of the list, we have the most recent appointment of Mr Stuart Young, a director of the ‘Jewish Chronicle’, as youngest-ever chairman if the BBC, having been a governor only since 1981. He is the brother of Mr David Young, another Thatcher appointee who is chairman of the Manpower Services Commission.

This is the key organisation which the Tories are transforming into a ‘corporate front’, behind which they seek to mobilise jobless youth from 14 years upwards into a ‘slave labour body to break trade union wages, safety procedures and working conditions…. Thatcher has rolled out these appointments with magisterial arrogance while the Labour Party and TUC chiefs have accepted without even a murmur of protest’. (News Line, March 28, 1983).

The Tories know they can rely totally upon Zionist imperialism to produce the most hated reactionaries, in order to transform the situation at a later date into a pro-fascist, anti-Semitic pogrom against all the Jews in general.

Zionism made it possible for a number of rich Jews to leave Nazi Germany with the agreement of the Fuhrer provided they agreed to become Zionists. The Tories know too they have a powerful anti-Semitic trump card up their sleeves to replay once again as the most reactionary manifestation of racialism, which is anti-Semitism.

From the support and advance publicity which the ‘Jewish Chronicle’ gave the BBC 2 ‘Money Programme’ on March 20, the reactionary Zionist link was clear for all to see. But it also stretches through Downing Street channels right into the White House and President Reagan.

The latest Reagan military provocation against Libya early in March raises in its sharpest form the central political question. Do Trotskyists defend the Libyan regime of Gaddafi against US imperialism of a matter of principle, or do they denounce it as ‘the reactionary Islamic government of Libya’ and seek a ‘neutrality’ between US imperialism and Gaddafi. This is the position of ‘Socialist Organiser’, claiming to speak for ‘lefts’ in the Labour Party.

The same organ supported the Zionist-sponsored ‘Money Programme’ on March 20. They wrote: ‘We (‘Socialist Organiser’) didn’t wait for the BBC to tell us about the WRP’s probable links with Libya. The fact that the BBC now says it doesn’t make it any less likely to be true.’ (April 7, 1983) (Our emphasis)

Here is unqualified support for the work of Thatcher’s appointee as chairman of the BBC, who is also a director of British Caledonian Airways and the British Overseas Trade Group for Israel. ‘Socialist Organiser’ has landed itself right bang in the middle of Thatcher’s hand-picked Zionists as an outright supporter of their policies of witch-hunting the WRP and the News Line for our principled stand against imperialism and in support of the Libyan masses under their leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The question of the hour, we repeat, is the pro-Zionist policies of the Reagan and Thatcher administrations and their hatred of the Palestinians and Libyans alike.
In the background of the ‘Socialist Organiser’ one can detect a powerful current of anti-Arab racism – also shared by Reagan and Thatcher. This is the substance of their support for the ‘Money Programme’ and their lying affirmation that Gaddafi finances the WRP with a ‘£1.5 million subsidy,’ claimed by the faceless person on the BBC 2 programme.

This is a lie from start to finish. because the WRP unhesitatingly supports the Libyan and Palestinian people and its leadership against the nuclear war plans of Reagan, Thatcher and the Zionists in their campaign to destroy all national liberation movements in the Middle East, ‘Socialist Organiser’ has joined the class enemy.

The Zionist connection between these so-called ‘lefts’ in the Labour Party right through to Thatcher and Reagan’s White House is there in its unprincipled nakedness.


The movement must fight back as one.
(Article accompanying the News Line editorial of April 9, 1983):

Ken Livingstone, leader of the Greater London Council, and one of the editors of Labour Herald said:

‘The ‘Money Programme’ attack on the News Line, ‘the Labour Herald’ and the ‘Dundee Standard’ was gutter journalism at its crudest level.

It’s amazing that with major economic crises both in Britain and the rest of the world that the ‘Money Programme’ made time to devote to a small printing company.

What we saw was the smear technique developed by papers like the ‘Sun’ used on TV against the labour movement press.

It was the case of don’t let the absence of facts stand in the way of a good story.
The objective of the programme-makers was obvious – to discredit the tireless work put in by supporters of papers like the News Line to keep it coming out each day.

I think it is a major achievement to have a daily paper which gives you an objective presentation of the news and political developments and supports the base struggles of the working class in industry and the community.

That is why I spoke at the 13th anniversary meeting of the paper last November.
My own experience of being witch-hunted by the Tory press is that the labour movement needs a paper like the News Line to hit back.

I know how much my colleagues value the support given to the struggles of the Greater London council by the News Line.

It is obvious that those who inspired the Money Programme want to silence you.

We need to know how a programme which is made up entirely of innuendoes. with every remark being prefaced by phrases like ‘it is believed that,’ came to be made at all.

There is certainly a case for suspecting the hand of the forces opposed to the Palestinians. The Zionists were particularly upset by the role the Labour Herald played in winning the Labour Party to an official policy to support the recognition of the PLO.

The fact that smear about me are being led to the ‘Jewish Chronicle’ on a fairly regular basis suggests that agents of the Begin government are active in the British labour movement and press at present.

Labour’s right wing was also involved, in the shape of Patrick Cheney, an organiser for Labour Solidarity.

It is important when these kind of attacks are made that the labour movement stands united and fights back as one.’

NB: ‘Newsline’ was the daily paper of the so-called Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) led by a man who was later exposed as a rapist, Gerry Healy. It is now well-established that the WRP was funded by the Gaddafi regime.
‘Labour Herald’ was the WRP’s ‘entry’ publication aimed at Labour Party members and fronted by Ken Livingstone.
‘Socialist Organiser’ was the paper of what is now the Alliance for Workers Liberty.’
See also what Dave has to say about Gaddafi and the left – much to the annoyance of some commenters who object to a comparison with Chavez.


  1. SteveH said,

    I come from a mining village in Sheffield. We accepted his money. No regrets.

  2. entdinglichung said,

    in the 1980ies, Gaddafi gave around 1.000.000 Deutschmark to the German “national revolutionary” (= strasserite fascist) magazine and publishing house Wir Selbst

  3. Andrew Coates said,

    There is a good piece by Matgamma on the WRP, Gaddafi and the Livingstone, Ted Knight left here:


  4. David Ellis said,

    The hoped for collapse of the disgusting Gaddaffi regime represents an opportunity not to celebrate the potential for an independent working class policy but to trumpet the ` virtues’ of imperialism and its racist, genocidal client Israel for the likes of Matgamna and Denham. So the repulsive Healy whored for some semi-colonial petty mafia? A true disgrace in Marxist terms but you, you go straight to the top for your sell out straight to the most counter revolutionary force on the planet. Shachtmanite wankers.

    Down with Gaddaffi, Down with Israel. Down with imperialism and down with the revisionist lackeys of all three.

  5. sackcloth and ashes said,

    SteveH, PIRA accepted Qadafi’s money as well. As did Foday Sankoh, and Charles Taylor. Fit company for you, eh?

    David Ellis, you need to talk to a medical professional about your psychological problems.

  6. David Ellis said,

    Yawn. I’m not the one with a penchant for colonizing by violence or sending in F16s to kill children. You ought to get that lobotomy reversed if there is still time.

  7. sackcloth and ashes said,

    ‘Yawn. I’m not the one with a penchant for colonizing by violence or sending in F16s to kill children’.

    Neither are the JOOOOOS, you cracker fuck. Get a life, and cut out on the cross-burnings, OK?

  8. David Ellis said,

    I’m afraid the zionists are though shitcloth and fascist. And guess what the blog is about Zionism in case you hadn’t noticed genius.

  9. skidmarx said,

    Saif Gaddafi was warning last noght that we have to be alarmist vigilant about the threat of Islamic Emirates popping up. Knew it reminded me of somebody.
    Very good coverage on al-Jazeera, oh wait they’re the poeple who showed the Bin Laden videos, it must all be an International Muslim Plot, PANIC,PANIC!

  10. sackcloth and ashes said,

    ‘I’m afraid the zionists are though shitcloth and fascist’.

    The ‘zionists are though’? Is this a typographic error, or yet another sign of your mental derangement, you Combat 18 cunt?

  11. David Ellis said,

    Pretending you are against Combat 18 isn’t going to wash all that baby blood off your hands shitcloth and fascist. I think you’ll find the British far right has entered into a more than cosey relationship with zionism now. They like all that ethnic cleansing and Islamaphobia. Where the petty bourgeois AWL Matgamna cult leads the far right are sure to follow. I think a lot of them already support the invasion of Iraq.

    What are Jooooos by the way?

  12. sackcloth and ashes said,

    ‘Pretending you are against Combat 18 isn’t going to wash all that baby blood off your hands shitcloth and fascist’.

    The trouble with the likes of C18 and you is that it is impossible to tell the difference.

    ‘I think you’ll find the British far right has entered into a more than cosey relationship with zionism now’.

    Proof of this would be nice. The last time I checked with the British and European far right they tended to be as anti-Semitic as racist scum like yourself:

    UK – http://hurryupharry.org/2010/08/07/the-bnp-israel-and-zionists/
    Hungary – http://hurryupharry.org/2010/01/27/bnp-allies-draw-up-%e2%80%9cenemies-of-hungary%e2%80%9d-list/
    Germany – http://www.eurojewcong.org/ejc/news.php?id_article=3517
    Poland – (the NOP’s slogan ‘Bomby na Izrael – Już czas!!’ is just your cup of tea).
    Sweden – the National Democrats oppose the ‘imperialist occupation’ of Palestine http://www.nd.se/nyheter/kommentar.asp?komentID=31
    and France – http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7wte7_gaza-le-pen-sexprime_news

    ‘Where the petty bourgeois AWL Matgamna cult leads the far right are sure to follow’.

    I’m not AWL. Never have been, never will be.

    ‘I think a lot of them already support the invasion of Iraq’.

    Now talking of the pracitioners of ethnic cleansing and genocide, don’t you think a certain S. Hussein fit the bill?

    ‘What are Jooooos by the way?’

    The people that you’re obsessed about, along with other exponents of the socialism of fools. But then you probably call them Khazars.

  13. jim denham said,

    I think we’ve all had just about enough of the mad strasserite / anti-semite Ellis and his hysterical garbage. Healthy debate is one thing: deranged strasserite ranting from Ellis quite another.

  14. entdinglichung said,

  15. sackcloth and ashes said,

    I presume you’ve banned Dave Ellis, Jim. Good show. Hopefully he’ll fuck off to Stormfront and stay there.

  16. skidmarx said,

    Actually I was just starting to warm to him. If you really wanted to ban someone who doesn’t believe in debate but rather prefers hysterical ranting, sackcloth & ashes would be the first to go. But then a mad anti-communist who denies American responsibility for the carnage in Vietnam and has been peddling the same lie about Rwanda whatever the thread for months is the sort of right-wing monomaniac generally more in tune with your politics.

  17. sackcloth and ashes said,

    Hey, skidmark, glad you’re back (not).

    Was Davenport right or wrong about Rwanda?

    • skidmarx said,

      And the right-wing lying monmaniac is off again.

  18. colette said,

    Dave Ellis you need help. No race is squeaky clean – not even yours, whatever that might be.

  19. sackcloth and ashes said,

    Davenport, right or wrong, skidmark?

    It’s a simple question, and you keep refusing to answer it because you know you’ll out yourself as an apologist for genocidaires and those who seek to whitewash their crimes against humanity.

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  21. Michael Ezra said,


    I have a post up on Harry’s Place on a similar theme.

    • Lobby Ludd said,

      Lyndon LaRouche is still alive, I believe, Michael.

      Hours of fun to be had, go for it I say.

  22. Michael Ezra said,

    Lobby Ludd,

    You will probably not be surprised to be aware that I have quite a bit of information on Lyndon LaRouche. Fascinating character – and you are correct – I have wasted hours collecting information on him. I am sure that I shall get to use some of it the right time.

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  24. SteveH said,

    “SteveH, PIRA accepted Qadafi’s money as well. As did Foday Sankoh, and Charles Taylor. Fit company for you, eh?”

    Still no regrets!

  25. sackcloth and ashes said,

    I needn’t have asked. I can imagine someone like you fitting in well with Muamar’s Mukhabarat.

  26. Necromantik said,

    Initially Id like to point out that this doesnt go out to all of you… But those that just felt a pang, you know who you are… Good show gentlemen, after reading all your comments from a purely pacifist standpoint I dont think I’ll ever come back… Pathetic bunch of idiots. Is this a forum for intellectual debate or the rantings of madmen… Being that I work with true psychopathic disorders for a living they seem sane compared to you lot… Has it occurred that if you cant agree amongst yourselves or respect each other what sort of chance has the world got? God forbid any of you achieves any REAL power beyond being able to freely air your views.. My personal view is you should all keep each other occupied ranting rubbish and spare the world the torture of your personality disordered lonely lifestyle choices… Classic miniaturised versions of grandiose behaviours perfect for dictatorship ideations, hope my kids dont turn out this way.

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