The return of Stalinism on the British left?
Something grimly comic about a banner calling for "human rights" below pictures of Stalin and Mao. pic.twitter.com/oO939Zk6Tt— James Bickerton (@JBickertonUK) May 1, 2018
Now, we seem to be seeing something even more disturbing. Stalinism, instead of rotting away in the dustbin of history, appears to be resurgent. The dwindling, ageing bloc of grey-haired tankies (many of whom actually remembered celebrating the Soviet tanks that rolled through Prague in 1968) who carried their hammers and sickles through London every May 1 seem to have been augmented by a new generation of tankies. Scrolling through pics of yesterday's march, it looks like there are more Stalins and Maos than ever before, along with a couple of Kim Jong-uns.Kim Jong Un at today’s May Day march through London... pic.twitter.com/PdJ1nAXaj8— Lindsey Hilsum (@lindseyhilsum) May 1, 2018
|Hey barber make me look like someone who will grow up to be one of the highest death count dictators in history but also a bit like that guy in One Direction|
|Stolen from reddit|
Closer to home for me, last week saw the bizarre AGM of Lewisham Momentum, half of which (apparently mostly young white men?) left the meeting to go to a noisy New Cross pub where they nodded in a slate of new officers (watch the video here) including, as "political education officer", believe it or not, someone whose social media profiles are replete with pictures of Stalin, as well as celebrations of Assadist war crimes denial - this Great Purge celebrated by Novara Media's Aaron Bastani as the #LewishamSpring.
So, about that #LewishamSpring. Momentum have elected Dominic Cerasoli as their "Political Education" officer. He's an anti-White Helmets conspiracy theorist that shares racist anti-Syrian posts on his wall. These are the people Momentum want educating youhttps://t.co/27wBbBQYsK pic.twitter.com/fLnn1Mrjt5— Oz Katerji (@OzKaterji) April 26, 2018
When a political education officer of the most important faction in Labour in my constituency is promoting homages to dictators and denials of war crimes, it's a sign that something is very wrong.
Added: See also this devastating report from a comrade at ShirazSocialism.
Previously: Trots under the bed!