As an anonymous blogger, I recognise that there are lots of good reasons why someone might want to be anonymous online or to have multiple identities. From Luther Blissett to the Zapatistas to the Black Block, activists not using their given identities in their activism is nothing odd, and I don't usually have time for "gotcha" style unmaskings. But these tweets caught my eye:
@NUTonline do you know who "Milo Samuels" is in UAF magazine? Heard it's alleged rapist SWP's Martin Smith. SWP/UAF haven't cleared this up.
— Sadia Jabeen (@SadiaJabeen82) February 23, 2015
@SadiaJabeen82 @k_w_a_k @NUTonline Lef's see, Obsessed with jazz? Check. Clunky writing style? Check Thinks Sinatra was a communist? Check.
— The Purple Cow (@the_purple_cow) February 25, 2015
No reply yet from @uaf as to whether the "Milo Samuels" who writes for them is in fact the rapist Martin Smith. Perhaps their funders know?
— Kris (@k_w_a_k) February 24, 2015
@Jacqueimo If any information comes out that Martin Smith is still involved in UAF then obviously I would boycott the organisation.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) March 2, 2015
Most of you will know why this is significant, but just in case here goes. Unite Against Fascism (UAF) is a front organisation for the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), and is mostly funded by trade union affiliations. I've covered it here and elsewhere.
One of its most prominent figures was Martin Smith, who was also national secretary of the SWP. (Others include vice-chair Azad Ali, also spokesperson of the far right Islamic Forum of Europe, and Weyman Bennett.) Smith was at the heart of the "Comrade Delta" controversy in the SWP, in which serious allegations of rape were covered up by the party, causing most of its members to leave. (For details on that see, e.g., Dave Renton, Andrew Coates, Tony Greenstein, Pham Bin or more from Jim Jepps.)
In his capacity as head of LMHR [Love Music Hate Racism] Smith also embarrassed the party by forging a relationship between our organisation and the jazz musician Gilad Atzmon. Smith invited him to speak at Marxism in 2004, when Atzmon began spouting some of the anti-Semitic rubbish he now specialises in. Despite SWP members challenging Atzmon from the floor, Smith continued inviting him to SWP events, and to perform with him at concerts as late as 2007.
Between 2005-10 I worked closely with Martin and the SWP. At the time I was the SWP’s official Kletzmer. I toured with Martin, performed and spoke in quite a few of those Red gatherings. I met some very nice people in the SWP, but I also came across their many Jewish gate-keepers and tribal operators. But the one thing I never detected in any of those political gathering was a trace of libidinal enthusiasm let alone sexual desire. I assumed at the time that these militant young Marxists had decided to postpone having sex until after the revolution.
However, it didn't take long to realise that Martin Smith was not being pursued because he is a ‘sex offender’ – he surely isn't – no, our so-called ‘progressive’ tribals chase Smith because he is a Jazz lover and an enthusiastic fan of my music. They harass him because he gave me a platform in spite of the Jewish demand to ban me. They want to bring Martin Smith down simply because he didn't obey his tribal masters. So If anything, it is Martin who is the rape victim in this saga – he is punished because he refused to bow down to the tribal junta.
Added 15 March:
Credit for Owen Jones for saying he will boycott UAF if it turns out Smith is still involved. I wonder why he'd be involved with them anyway, as the whole purpose of UAF now seems to be helping SWP launder their reputation.