Oscars for the Most Barking Mad Left Comment of the year

February 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm (Andrew Coates, comedy, conspiract theories, cults, posted by JD, socialism, wankers)

We are proud to join with Tendance Coatesy in co-sponsoring this prestigious and coveted award:

The ‘Barking’: Top Award for Mad Left Writing.

The Oscars tonight will be overshadowed by the new ceremonies for the ‘Most Barking Left Writing’ (Hat-Tip: Dave Osland).

The principal coveted trophy, (pictured), will be awarded this evening in the Spring Road Allotment Shed – former Telephone Box.

The past year has seen some strong contenders for the prize.

We have had John Tummon, of Left Unity, and his ‘Calpihate motion

To show solidarity with the people of the Middle  East by supporting the end of the  structure of the  divided nation states imposed by the Versailles  settlement and their replacement by a Caliphate type polity in which diversity and autonomy are protected and nurtured and the mass of people can effectively control executive authority’. Left Unity distances itself specifically from the use of intemperate, inaccurate and moralist language such as ‘terrorism’, ‘evil’, ‘fundamentalist’, ‘viciously reactionary’, ‘murderous’, genocidal’, etc in discussion about the Middle East; these terms are deployed by people and forces seeking not to understand or analyse, but to demonise in order to dominate, and they have no place within socialist discourse.”

We have had Socialist Worker publishing Hassan Mahamdallie who compared the outsiders fighting for the genociders of the Islamic State (Da’esh) and the foreign  volunteers who backed Spanish democracy (“in the 1930s radicalised young men from the same mining communities illegally made their way into Spain to take up arms against general Franco’s fascist army”.

He added this sentence, “It has been disheartening to watch establishment Muslim leaders apologetically rushing out with condemnations. They have pointlessly distanced themselves from “John the Jihadi”—who is alleged to have killed Foley—and declared that Isis is “un-Islamic”.

The tonnes and tonnes of material written about the Ukraine has been ruled worthy of a special award – to follow.

The slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, and the Hyper-Cacher, has brought a fine crop in.

Tariq Ali set the bar high by announcing after the attack (this is a version from the 28th of January),

How serious is Islamophobia in France and other European countries?

France is the worst in Europe and tries to mask it by proclaiming its secular values (sound familiar?), but these values don’t apply to Islam. In fact, French secularism means anything but Islam. And when satirical magazines taunt them, they react. It’s as simple as that.

Only yesterday he tried to keep in the running by saying (Guardian), of Charlie.

In the 80s it had become a stale magazine, and people have told me that one reason for attacking the Muslims and reprinting the Danish cartoons was to boost circulation.” He argues that Je suis Charlie stickers express something other than support for freedom of expression and condemnation of those who murdered in the name of Islam – a loathing for Muslims.

Note: Charlie Hebdo stopped publication from 1981 t0 1992 except for a special issue in 1982.

The Socialist Workers Party Central Committee gave Tariq his angle on the 8th of January,

Racists and right wingers are trying to use Wednesday’s horrific killings in Paris to divide working people, justify imperialist intervention and whip up Islamophobia.

Almost everyone will recognise that the attacks are wrong and completely unacceptable. We must not let them be exploited to generate racism, justify more wars, or to give a boost to the far right.

The media present Charlie Hebdo as simply a “satirical magazine”. But it is not the French equivalent of Private Eye as some commentators have suggested. It may have been once, but it has become a specialist in presenting provocative and racist attacks on Islam. That does not justify the killings, but it is essential background.

Let’s unite against racism and Islamophobia.

The ever-reliable John Wight on Socialist Unity said this (8th January)  as the dead still lay unburied,

The free speech ‘merchants’, those who were so up in arms over matters related to the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, who use free speech as a sword rather than a shield, would like nothing more than to silence one of the only voices in the country’s national life who dares challenge the demonisation of Muslims and the Muslim community, establishment support for the apartheid state of Israel, and a political status of quo of military intervention overseas and social and economic injustice at home.

But it’s the Economic & Philosophic Science Review that stands out,

Fake-”left” line-up once more with imperialism to “condemn terror” over the Paris attacks, proving even further their craven capitulation to the warmongering demonisation being used to whip up World War Three. Attacking the Islamists as “reactionary” is opportunist sophistry, as is writing them off as “isolated individual terrorists” . Such pretend “Marxism” is just a cover for petty bourgeois moralising and “free speech and democracy” reformist humbug that solves nothing but helps feed the “kill them all” fascist revenge mentality stirred up by capitalist cynicism.

Further afield Ramzay Baroud‘s efforts post-Charlie in the Morning Star to pin the blame for hatred of Muslims and the crimes of Imperialism on the New Atheists merits an honourable mention.

Socialist Fight, Gerry Downing and Graham Durham of the Crickelwood People’s Republic (twinned with the Donbass),  is outstanding.

Ian Donovan is also one to to watch, “in his opinion, there is a Jewish “pan-national bourgeoisie”, which has constituted itself as ruling class “vanguard” in key imperialist countries, and it is this that accounts for US support for Israel.” (Weekly Worker).

Donovan’s recommendation, Support George Galloway MP for Bradford West, is surely in line with these views

The Weekly Worker’s Letter Page has rich crop notably this which is clearly the front runner:

Sounds absurd?

Phil Kent has accused me of holding positions I never held in relation to Stalin, the issue of peak oil and reptilians (Letters, January 15). He also claims I am an elitist, because I believe in leadership.

Firstly, I never argued that Stalin’s victims “deserved to die” – I challenge Kent to prove otherwise. In passing, it’s interesting to note that following the demise of the Soviet Union, when Boris Yeltsin released the figures for individuals in Soviet prisons, these were lower than the USA. The capitalist media went silent.

Secondly, I never argued that rising oil prices would “soon” mean the end of capitalism. What I argued is that rising oil prices in the period of declining oil production, following the global peak, would lead to the collapse of capitalism, if no viable substitute for cheap oil was found. World oil production goes through three stages: rising production, peak and decline. We are still at the peak stage, when oil supply is at its maximum.

Thirdly, I never claimed that the future of humanity “may rest on the beneficence of extra-terrestrial reptiles”. I replied to Andrew Northall’s letter of December 18 and referred to the reptilian control theory, which argues that for thousands of years humanity has been controlled by a reptilian race, using their mixed reptile-human genetic bloodlines, who have oppressed and exploited humans, while claiming descent from the ‘gods’ and the divine right to rule by bloodline. Ancient and modern society is obsessed with reptilian, serpent and dragon themes, possibly due to this heritage. Even the flag of Wales has a dragon on it.

Most people have closed minds, depending on the issues. Mention the possibility of aliens secretly manipulating humanity behind the scenes and the shutters come down. Perhaps Kent should contemplate Einstein’s words: “If at first an idea does not sound absurd, there is no hope for it.

Tony Clark Weekly Worker.


  1. Steven Johnston said,

    Wankers! All of them, just so glad that no one takes the “left” seriously these days. Just reinforces what Orwell said about their being ideas that are too stupid that only a (left-wing) intellectual could take seriously.
    Thanks for this article though, those examples take some beating!
    But the SWP has always been mad. See rationalwiki for examples.

    • Aaron Aarons said,

      Consider how many more, and more widespread, ideas there are that are so stupid that only a beneficiary of imperialism or settler colonialism could take them seriously.

      • Steven Johnston said,

        The working class, of which I am a member, benefit from imperalism?
        Have I been missing out on something? Bah! Has someone kept my share…

  2. Mike Killingworth said,

    Is David Icke an octopus? I think we should be bold,,,

  3. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    Amar Anwar says that the British are exporting terrorism by allowing the three muslim girls to leave the country. He is representing a family. Wonder if they will get legal aid to put some dosh in Mr Anwar’s pocket.

  4. Steven Johnston said,

    Can we sue the MS for making false claims? LOL, they still think that socialism exists in Cuba and China or existed in Albania or the USSR! The CPB has only just admitted that the DPRK may not be socialist. Yet, how can you claim to be a paper of peace and support bastards like Milosevic?

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Strange Steven I chat on occasion to the CPB guys at their stall in Buchanan St, Glasgow and they seem quite sensible! But then you have opposite them the SWP and along a bit the Palestinian lot of strange looking pale people who according to them love the Jews.😠

    • Aaron Aarons said,

      Unless you can come up with a generally-agreed definition of ‘socialism’ that excludes countries with certain characteristics, the claim that a country with such characteristics is socialist is not false. And please explain how Milosevic was worse than any of the leaders of the forces whom his supporters were fighting.

  5. les said,

    depressing, really, although the examples you give here are not the worst i’ve encountered (one really has to turn to the academic world for that). however, it does seem that these people have actually lost touch with reality. and reading these excerpts from their writings, once again i have to ask why or under what conditions do people on the left feel they need to become sociopaths in order to achieve a state of social justice? honestly, i have to ask, what is the pathology here? is it simply that marginal groups attract marginal people? is it a perverse reaction the powerlessness that so many of us over the last 20 or 30 years feel? or is it that politics has collapsed into ideology, ideology has collapsed into discourse, and “the left” having lost (or thrown away) its position as an organizing principle, a tool in people’s lives, now itself only exists as a bizarre amalgam of verbiage, polysyllabic blather and contrary-to-fact statements, and, as we all know, in the age of the internet, the shriller, the more brittle, and more hate-filled one’s discourse, the more one hopes (in vain) to be heard.

  6. Aaron Aarons said,

    Haven’t had time, and probably won’t find the time, to check all the things you link to, but the article by Hassan Mahamdallie in Socialist Worker actually seems quite correct, if not particularly unique. While the similarities and differences between those who fought under Stalinist-cum-bourgeois-republican leadership against the fascists (and, sometimes, against the revolutionary working class) in Spain in the 1930’s and those who want to fight under Islamist leadership against Western imperialism today should be gone into in more depth, there is nothing particularly wrong with the analogy.

    • Steven Johnston said,

      There is nothing particularly right about it either. Why would any socialist fight for or support those fighting for Islamic imperialism?

  7. matthewblott said,

    Reading this, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!

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