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Attacks on SKWAWKBOX intensifying and desperate. Wonder why..

The SKWAWKBOX

wilde enemiesA week ago, the SKWAWKBOX reported on the Murdoch Times using a decision by IPSO (the so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation) on a complaint made about smears in the Mail and S*n to attack this blog’s credibility. IPSO is funded and run by the mainstream press to create what has been called ‘the illusion of reform’ – Mail editor Paul Dacre is its recent chair.

That attack has now been repeated and intensified across the right-wing press including, yesterday, Murdoch’s S*n.

Ironically but unsurprisingly, the attack is itself fake news – fake news that hints at a certain desperation.

The news is fake because it cherry-picks parts of the decision and fails to mention the fact of IPSO’s funding and management in order to treat the organisation – which is not Leveson-compliant – as an independent and official arbiter.

bloggs ipsoIt omits, for example, the fact that the Mail – whose…

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Money in politics: Conflicts of Interest?

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This post is prompted by finally finishing ParliamentLtd, by MartinWilliams.

I didn’t anticipate being surprised or shocked. I just thought  it would provide me with excellent examples to share.  I was wrong.  I was shocked.

Nothing prepared me for  an illustrative example offered relating to a politician referred to as “Loretta“.  That is not his/her real name. Why can this not be shared? Read on.

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Transparency?

The research for this book has clearly been laborious.  If you, like me, thought we had a transparent, & accountable’ system to register MP’s interests think again.  The delving required led the author to conclude that it is ” reallyreallyeasyforMP’s  tohidetheirinvestmentsinbigbusiness” (p17).

British companies have to send their list of shareholders to Companies House on an annual basis. It’s a public register so it should be easy…

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Welsh Labour disenfranchises members – again – via freeze date

🎶When will they ever learn🎶

The SKWAWKBOX

wecInformed Welsh Labour members are outraged by the Welsh party machine’s continued attempts to prevent them having a proper democratic say over the candidates supposed to represent them.

The SKWAWKBOX has already highlighted Welsh Labour’s decision not to give its members the same rights recently given to members in England to control the selection of their parliamentary candidates – and to suspend even the difficult ‘trigger ballot’ process that allows Labour members a chance to remove a poor candidate.

Now, with elections to the ‘CLP section’ (constituency Labour party) of the Welsh Executive Committee (WEC) due in 2018 Welsh Labour has also announced a ‘freeze date’ that will prevent newer members from voting.

The Welsh party has sent a letter to CLP secretaries advising them of the date by which members must have joined in order to vote in the WEC CLP election:

wec 21 July 2017.

The UK-wide election of…

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Zoltan Zigedy: Inescapable Contradictions

As Neoliberalism implodes
A clear path for Socialistsis in vision
Let’s walk the walk

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Marxists favor the term “contradiction.”
A discussion of “contradiction” as a Marxist technical term can become quite tangled and obscure, particularly when the discussion proceeds to Hegelian philosophy. But some clear and simple things can be said about contradictions without delving deeply:
  • Marxists use the term to indicate a conflict between elements, social forms, forces, processes, or ideas that expresses a fundamental opposition rather than a conflict that arises by accident or happenstance.
  • Contradictions are not resolvable without an equally fundamental or qualitative change in the antagonists or their relations (Mao Zedong, in his writings, chooses to allow for conflicts [“contradictions”] that are non-antagonistic as well).
Thus, the conflict between dominating and dominated social classes (the capitalists and the working class, for example) represents a contradiction since opposition is fundamental to the nature of the classes and cannot be resolved without a radical and qualitative change in their relations. The…

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Last month’s unpublished letters to the Guardian

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Dear editor
As I remember the apostate Martin Kettle as a (not very militant) communist student I was surprised to read (Guardian 18 October) that he lists the Communist Party as no longer in existence. Perhaps the explanation for this lies in the definition of egocentricity as “having or regarding the self or the individual as the centre of all things.”

Nick Wright
Communist Party

Dear editor
In arguing that ‘There was a clear national security rationale when it came to the Communist Party: it was logical to ask whether Soviet intelligence was trying to manipulate it.’ (Stella Rimmington should stop fuelling paranoid fantasies about Jeremy Corbyn) Paul Mason gives a leftist twist to the right wing justification for state surveiilence.
The untold hours that Special Branch and MI5 officers devote to monitoring the activities of communists produces scant evidence of intelligence activity in the service of foreign states but…

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State Monopoly Capitalism published by Manifesto

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Manifesto Press has published State Monopoly Capitalism. This monograph by Gretchen Binus, Beate Landefeld and Andreas Wehr, originally published in German, revisits the discussions on SMC theory in Germany, France, and the Soviet Union, demonstrating their contemporary relevance. An introduction by Jonathan White considers how a better understanding of state monopoly capitalism would assist those seeking the transformation of Britain in a socialist

The 2007/8 worldwide banking collapse exposed – to a new generation – the cyclical nature of modern capitalism’s enduring crisis. With the collapse in bank confidence came the crisis of confidence in modern capitalism itself, and thus a resurgence of interest in Marxism.

But capitalism has moved on since Marx developed his economic analysis in Capital. And, although the labour theory of value may be fairly well understood within Britain’s labour movement, what is not generally grasped is the extent to which capitalism has become monopolised and dominated…

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