“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interval a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks
Well it has been a rough old ride the last few weeks. This blog has had 25136 unique visits in the last four days, and 97021 unique visits during October. (Multiple visits with less than a half hour between them only count once.)
Yesterday I made a mistake of abusing one of the posters here, calling him or her a fuck-wit, after they had abused me, and they had also spread a libel about Linda Smith. But as moderator I should have shown more self discipline. I apologise to all the readers.
Generally I have tried to moderate with a light touch. But I am also only human, and the accumulated effect of attacks on my integrity is irritating.
It has offended me for example, that Dave Renton, someone who knows me personally has accused this blog of printing lies about the requirement of the parliamentary estate for George to stop sub-letting the Respect office. I have seen the original letter from Terry Bird, Director of Operations of the Parliamentary Estate to George Galloway’s office requiring that George “immediately take steps to put this right”. There was no lie.
It has annoyed me that there have been accusations that I made up the story about the rebel Respect/SWP councillors being in talks with the Liberal Democrats. All I did was report what the East London Advertiser had learned from their own sources, which has now been confirmed to Dave Osler by the Tower hamlets Liberal Democrats. Of course, this is an extraordinary twist, and it is hardly credible that the SWP CC are behind such negotiations. But the fact that the story has appeared in the main local newspaper in the area where Respect has its most significant electoral base is proof of the damage caused by the four councillors, and the story in the Advertiser was as a direct consequence of the press conference organised by John Rees, the National Secretary of Respect.
I have been very disappointed to read attacks by SWP members on the personal integrity of Salma Yaqoob, Ghada Rhazuki and Linda Smith in the comments over the last few weeks. It is quite clearly impossible to continue political cooperation with people in the same organisation when personal relations have broken down to this level. It is time to move on. There are now two distinct political visions of Respect, the proof of which is more successful will not be decided by a splenetic exchange of abuse on a blog, but by the real test of events.
These are a few of the comments that have abused me or this blog in just the last few days.
sometimes it appears that any crap is ok to throw at the SWP
this place is now (maybe it always was, I haven’t been here long) just somewhere to come and bash the SWP, so I’m going to dip out.
This blog is full of anti-SWP rhetoric, though I now know what bile is.
Andy – because you write 99% of drivel attacking the SWP… umm really you appear driven by hatred of the SWP.
this has now frankly got to the point of crass stupidity which to be fair to Andy it has been very consistent in being
Andy doesn’t hang around slinging mud and lies against the SWP
you just recycle other people’s rubbish about pacts with the Liberal Democrats
Lets face it this Blog is the nest of anti SWP bile
anything to keep his profile up and attack the swp
On a wider note what has united the anti socialist section of RESPECT is Hatred of Revolutionary socialism.
Not just foul. But apolitical and absurd.
this is what you do, turning a sparse analysis into just another attack on the “control freakery” culture of the SWP. It is incredibly politically weak and really has one root – your own obsessive hatred of your former organization
shame on you Andy Newman …. What a joker you are…. you political creep
You have no politics, buddy, no politics but that of the old left intrigue. You have the political stance of witch hunter general.
Andy, you will act as a mouthpiece for any old shit. Your last comment was truly desperate.