21 June 2024

The Main Task of the Left in the General Election is to Start Building an Opposition to Starmer’s Racist, Imperialist & neo-Liberal Politics

Why I Am Supporting Two British‑Palestinian Candidates Samar Ammar & Tanushka Mara

Tanuksha Mara & Leanne Mohamad at STAND UP 4 PALESTINE Speaking About Why They Are Standing in the General Election

In the current election there are some excellent candidates such as Andrew Feinstein in Holborn and St. Pancras, who is standing against Starmer and Leanne Mohamad who is going up against Wes Streeting in Ilford North. I want to focus on two excellent British Palestinian candidates.

Tanuksha Mara is standing as an Independent Socialist candidate in Hove, which used to be the posher part of Brighton.  Currently it is represented by ‘Killer Kyle’ the Vice Chair of Labour Friends of Israel. Kyle is a hard-line supporter of Starmer, an open Zionist and someone almost devoid of charisma or personality.

Picket of Kyle's Offices in Hove

Tanuksha is an award winning theatre director of Jordanian-Palestinian origin. Her family now lives in Jordan. She also writes for Middle East International

Samar Ammar was until recently the Chair of Bromsgrove Labour Party and a local councillor as well as a member of Unite. She had been put forward by her local party, with unanimous support, to become the MP for Bromsgrove.

She had only one disadvantage. She was of Palestinian origin and in Starmer’s Labour Party having any connection with the Palestinians automatically rules someone out of the running.

When Starmer parachuted in one of his clones, Samar resigned.

Being an overt Zionist and racist however is a distinct advantage which is why genocide supporter and professional Zionist Luke Akehurst was parachuted into the North Durham seat.

Akehurst supported in 2018 Israel shooting some 300 unarmed demonstrators at the Gaza fence dead and wounding thousands.  Amongst the dead were over 50 children but according to Akehurst they were all ‘Hamas terrorists’.

However in the eyes of Starmer and his racist supporters, support for the cold-blooded murder of Palestinians is seen as an advantage. Which is why Samar didn’t stand a chance of being selected. She has therefore decided to stand as an Independent candidate.  Please contribute to her Crowdfunder as she is fighting the campaign on a shoe-string.


My Own View on the Likely Outcome of the Most Boring Election on Record

This is a strange election. Not since 1997 has it been clear that one party is going to win overwhelmingly. The Tory Party is in a state of collapse with some even predicting that Sunak could lose his seat.

More worrying is the rise of the Reform Party who are tipped by some polls to get 3‑5 seats. What is difficult to predict is what is going to happen to the Independent Socialist candidates, not least Jeremy Corbyn.

I hope very much that Corbyn and George Galloway win their respective contests but I fear that a depoliticised and defeated working class may well reject them.  Likewise my fear is that the independent socialist candidates may also not fare as well as we hope. I suspect we are going to have a mixed bag of results.

It is a great pity that instead of Galloway announcing a fait accompli of 500 Workers Party candidates standing (which became 150) that he didn’t call for a convention of the left to decide these things. This is leaving aside such his appalling concession to Farage and the racists by calling for the British navy to be used in the Channel to repel asylum seekers. Instead of calling out the demonisation and scapegoating of refugees by the Tories/Farage and Starmer Galloway went along with it.

Leanne Mohamad Independent Socialist - Ilford North

At a time of increased privatisation of the NHS, the scandal of water companies pouring sewerage into the sea whilst paying their shareholders millions in dividends, Galloway chose cheap populist rhetoric. He could have pointed to the billions of pounds paid to the Tories through fraudulent COVID contracts or even the fact that refugees come here because we went to their countries and started wars.

Corbyn once again has demonstrated that he has the tactical nous of a lemming. If he was going to stand why wait till the last minute to announce it?  Why not declare early on that he was standing, throw down the gauntlet to Starmer and call for the formation of an alternative socialist party based around the manifesto he stood on in 2017?

The Canary has published a useful list of 17 independent candidates but there are many more.

There are also some on the left who still have illusions in the Green Party. They should stop their wishful thinking.

In Brighton Kemptown the local candidate in my constituency, Elaine Hills, has put out a leaflet that is entirely parochial. It doesn’t even mention Gaza or genocide. There is no mention of NATO, any conflict internationally or racism. It really sums up the Greens. Kitchen-table politics.

My own recommendation is to only vote for the Green Party as a very last resort. Where a socialist candidate is standing you should vote for them.

The Green Party is a pro-capitalist party. It seeks to green capitalism. It has adopted the Zionists’ IHRA misdefinition of anti-Semitism which was designed with no other purpose than to conflate anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. We see it being used constantly to defame student encampments and protests against genocide, despite the fact that those taking part include many Jews.

Recently I learnt from a statement posted by Jewish Greens, which is on the Green Party website, that the Green Party leadership has been meeting with ex-Labour MP John Mann, now Lord Mann, ‘to discuss the important issue of antisemitism’.

In fact anti-Semitism is extremely unimportant. If it was a problem does anyone think that a bigot like Suella Braverman would be concerned about it?

The only reference to Gaza by Jewish Greens is a statement referring to the ‘atrocious attacks on Israel by Hamas’. No mention of the genocidal attacks on the Palestinians of Gaza for over half a century. Quite what Jo Bird is doing in such an outfit beggars belief.

Lord Mann is best remembered for his hectoring and bullying attack on Ken Livingstone for having dared to mention the pro-Zionist policy of the Nazi state which resulted in the Ha'avara trading agreement which broke the Jewish Boycott of Nazi Germany.

Mann has a lengthy past record of racism, whether it is supporting Phil Woolas MP when the High Court removed him from Parliament after having run a nakedly racist campaign designed to make the White folks angrywith Muslims in his constituency of Oldham East & Saddleworth. In 2007 he produced a handbook on anti-social behaviour which targeted Gypsies and Roma as an example of anti-social behaviour.

I have correctly predicted the outcomes of the last 3 elections. I had no doubt that Miliband would fail in 2015 and Corbyn in 2019 and almost alone, I predicted that Corbyn could win in 2017 would do very well if not. But today it is difficult to hazard a guess, not only because of the volatility of the polls but because it is next to impossible to forecast how the Independent Socialists will do. 

It is clear that Starmer’s Labour Party will win. The toxic Tories are in a state of collapse having presided over rampant corruption, undemocratic legislation, bribes to their friends in high offices and racist attacks on migrants and asylum seekers for the past years.

However there is no enthusiasm for Starmer. I predict a low turnout as people see no reason for having to choose between two sets of Tories.  I imagine that many Tories will turn to the Lib Dems, who are a thoroughly pro-capitalist party. Whether they get more than 50 seats is anyone’s guess. Likewise it is unlikely that the Tories will get much more than 120 seats.

The unknown factor is the far-right Reform Party which has come out of nowhere. Farage is predicted to win the seat of Clacton. I hope not.

The SNP is predicted at the moment, after the fall-out from the corruption surrounding its former leader, Nicola Sturgeon, to do badly against the Labour Party. Not living in Scotland I have no idea if this will turn out to be true given that the Labour Party is a unionist party. But if they do badly it will be a self-inflicted defeat.

I also predict that overall the socialist independents are not going to fare very well because of a lack of any unified impact, although there may be exceptions. Although I support Galloway and the Workers Party where they are not standing against other socialist candidates, I fear that even Galloway may lose. I hope not because we need his oratory in Parliament, not least over Gaza.

I also hope that Chris Williamson, who is a thoroughly decent and principled socialist, wins in Derby North but I fear that this won’t happen.

What is clear is that after the dust has settled, after July 4, the Left seriously needs to get its act together like the Left in France. There is no reason for different left sects and parties to compete with each other. Unity around a minimum set of demands should be the order of the day.  Otherwise we will let the bigots and racists around Farage win by default.

I urge people in Hove and Bromsgrove in particular to support two British Palestinian candidates – Tanuksha Mara and Samar Ammar.

Tony Greenstein


  1. The goal of socialists should be the overthrow of capitalism, not a personnel change, which is all a vote for Labour is, and as an aside, Starmers the continuity candidate, nothing Tory about him, other than his admiration of Thatcher. Thinking that Starmer/New Labour = bad and Corbyn/Old Labour = good is just the sort of myth people need to get rid of. Labour is the problem, regardless of leader.

  2. No vote from me for Galloway or his party. He wants to set the Navy on refugees!

    1. Yes it was a disgraceful comment and is not a surprise. Galloway is opposed to free movement of labour, supported Brexit partly for that reason etc. The question is how his defeat would be interpreted. It wouldn't be that supporters of refugees had won. it would be that support for Gaza was a blip. So I would vote despite what he said. It's not as if his Labour opponent would disagree on what he said!

    2. Not that I agree with him, but I bet he's trying to attract would be Reform voters. Tony is of course correct, it's not like Labour would disagree, and at least Galloway and the WPB can tell us what a woman is. Let that sink in.

  3. Tony, normally I wouldn't bother to comment about spelling mistakes, but you really should spell the name of the candidate you support correctly. Not a good look.

    Otherwise I agree with the overall thrust of your argument, esp re Galloway. Thank you for all your work.

    1. Hi Neil, yes you're right. I've corrected the heading but otherwise I spelt it correctly. Bizarre!

  4. What do you make of Labour front, Hope Not Hates, recent hit piece in Galloway ?

    1. It demonstrates that Hate not Hope is not a genuine anti-fascist organisation. Socialists and supporters of the Palestinians should have nothing to do with it. It supports Apartheid Israel. Ruth Smeeth was its Deputy Director.

      Galloway can be criticised for many things but he's not a fascist or racist. Presumably HnH thought that targeting Galloway made more sense than attacking Nigel Farage.

    2. Forgot to add, aren't they supposed to stay hush about politics because of being a charity or something ?
      Also, what are your thoughts on JVL's silence about all of this - to date, they've not once talked about WPB, yet seem to be wetting themselves about the Greens.

    3. Yes I was surprised by the JVL post on the Green Party. It's wishful thinking and I shall also be having something to say on it!!

    4. JVL haven't given any coverage of WPB/Galloway, despite him being a massive Palestine advocate. I don't agree with him on everything, but its odd that a group that purports to be pro-Palestinian and left leaning doesn't talk about him or his project. Seems like they also suffer from loyalty to Labour, and are stuck thinking that the problems Starmer, rather than the actual party.

    5. And no mention on their piece about independent candidates about Halima Khan. Can't help but think their not really serious.

  5. The problem is not that the "left" is divided. The problem is that there is no left. What the working class needs is a real socialist party, and that is neither the workers party of Britain, or any other pseudo-left party.

    1. CPGB-ML are the way to go.

    2. Not sure, apparently their transphobes. Maybe Tony can give some insight into it..

  6. Tony, apologies for the rather long comment.
    I agree, It would be good for democracy if George and Chris were elected. Parliament already has far too many right wingers.

    However, George Galloway lets two obsessions override his thinking. The first is religion, which most open minded non-indoctrinated people see as guidance to be accepted or rejected as they see fit, rather than as a strict way of life. The second, is George’s hatred of the USA. Not without some cause, but not to the extent of rejecting everything the US gets involved in. For example, Socialists value solidarity as a way to defend each other and our ideals. Why therefore should countries not engage in solidarity, as in NATO, to protect each other from an existential threat such as Putin, despite the USA being a member and having bases all over the place. If there is anyone who does not recognise Putin as a threat after he’s been responsible for more than half a million deaths on both sides, they must be a little bit crazy. Putin invaded a sovereign State and is attempting to colonise land which he sees as Russia’s in exactly the same way as Netanyahu and the Zionists have colonised Palestine.

    George recently patted himself on the back for assisting Farage, the racist obsessed right winger, in getting us pulled from the EU. Brexit, driven by right wing racism, is and was always going to be, a failure. George and some others focus their dislike of the EU on some of the shady characters who live and work there, instead of on the benefits, both socially and economically, which countries working and cooperating together can share. Our young people have lost a tremendous resource by not being able to move freely within the EU. Britain must be one the few, if not the only nation, to have imposed sanctions upon itself. Thanks for nothing George, I thought you had more sense!

    1. If you believe in the western narrative that Putin is a threat, then you have clearly been brainwashed by the mainstream media. To equate the entirely provoked defensive war that Putin is waging in Ukraine with the genocide in Gaza, is completely absurd.

    2. Are you saying nato is a good thing ?


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