bizarre insult

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    ZJW
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    ‘[Tony] Clark is dishonest: he is simply a pathetic reformist groveller to the capitalist establishment in the rotten tradition of the anti-Marxist Socialist Party of Great Britain.’

    That’s in a letter from Gerry Downing in this week’s Weekly Worker: https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1469/letters

    #248873
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Citizen Downing is an utter nutter. He used to be a member of the Labour Party but got expelled for supporting Isis. He campaigned about being expelled, wanting to stay in and vote for a party that exactly fits the description of “pathetic reformist groveller to the capitalist establishment.”

    I will rush off a letter to the Weekly Worker as Alan Johnstone would already have done.

    #248967
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Two letters from former members in this weeks Weakly Worker (the first two) but not the one I sent. Maybe next week.

    https://weeklyworker.co.uk/

    #249085
    ALB
    Keymaster

    It’s in this weeks issue (scroll down to the last letter):

    https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1471/letters/

    It has been sub-edited to make Citizen Downing rather than the Labour Party as the groveller before the establishment.

    #249120
    ZJW
    Participant

    Yes, the relative pronoun ‘which’ seems to refer to Downing’s desires, not to the Labour Party.

    How had you written it before it was ‘sub-edited’?

    #249121
    ALB
    Keymaster

    The editor inserted a dash between “party” and “which”.

    I don’t really mind Downing’s behaviour of wanting to stay in the Labour Party being described as grovelling towards the capitalist establishment but my intention was to apply this to the Labour Party.

    After all, what Downing said about us was pretty insulting, accusing someone of being “simply a pathetic reformist groveller to the capitalist establishment in the rotten tradition of the anti-Marxist Socialist Party of Great Britain.”

    The editor also changed “Trotskyite sectariana” to “Trotskyite sectarianism”, which doesn’t mean the same.

    For those who don’t recall the details of Downing’s expulsion from the Labour Party in 2016 and his campaign to try to stay in:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35768969.amp

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