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Jeremy Corbyn was in Newham last Tuesday (22 Aug). It was a good evening. This is part of his speech. There’s a nice shot of me in the audience.

Update on the march to nuclear war: The West led by the US continues to threaten the nuclear armed bear. Putin is not mincing his words. He says:

We know year by year what’s going to happen, and they know that we know. It’s only you that they tell tall tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. You people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger – this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing is going on. I don’t know how to get through to you anymore.

How do we not understand what is going on? Are we really so politically stupid? American dissedent writer Paul Craig Roberts writes:

The world is now faced with the prospect that insouciant Americans will elect a crazed and incompetent criminal or semi-criminal as their president, a person who has declared the President of Russia to be “the new Hitler.” The stupid bitch’s statement is a declaration of nuclear war, and this dangerous, reckless, incompetent, careless person has been selected by the Democratic Party as the next POTUS !!!

The ignorance and stupidity of the American people will destroy the world.

Little wonder that Vladimir Putin, the only responsible world leader other than the president of China, is desperate that the Western media understand that their irresponsible negligence to the truth is helping Washington drive the world to nuclear war.

Putin does not want war. He is doing everything in his power to avoid it. But Putin is not going to surrender Russia to Washington. The trip-point of World War III will be the installation of Washington’s missiles in Poland and Romania. As Putin recently made clear to the imbecilic Western journalists, these missiles can easily and secretly be changed from anti-ballistic missiles to nuclear attack missiles that can strike their Russian targets within 5 or fewer minutes of launch, thus depriving Russia of its retaliatory deterrent. Once these missiles are in place, Washington can issue orders to Russia.

Whatever the evil men and women in Washington who are gambling with the life of the planet think, Russia is not going to accept these missiles.

Where does world leadership reside? In Washington, the war criminal capital of the world that is driving the world to nuclear war, or in Russia whose leadership accepts countless affronts and provocations in an effort to avoid war?

Do we not understand what is going on? What would you do if you were president of Russia and missiles that could destroy your country’s ability to retaliate to a nuclear attack were being parked next door in Romania and Poland? I would launch airstrikes on military bases in Poland and Romania before the missiles were deployed. Putin is, of course, much more intelligent than I am and may come up with a better solution. I hope so.


Yesterday evening I attended a meeting to ‘Support Labour Party Democracy’ held by Newham Momentum at the British Institute of Technology and Ecommerce on Romford Road.

Matt Wrack (pictured at a different event), General Secretary Fire Brigades Union was the main speaker while John Pickard, a Momentum National Committee member, chaired the meeting. At a glance I would say that there were a bit over 100 attendees.

Matt and the meeting were strongly supportive of Jeremy Corbyn and condemned the attempt by a majority of Labour MP’s to oust him as leader. Newham MP’s Lynn Brown and Stephen Timms were also condemned for their support of a vote of no confidence in Jeremy. Eleven Newham Councillors who signed a letter calling for Jeremy’s resignation were also condemned.

While robustly refuting the unsubstantiated allegations of ineffectiveness levelled against Jeremy, Matt and others emphasised that we are not just defending Jeremy but also, and primarily, Labour Party democracy against attempts by the PLP to veto the membership’s choice of leader.

It was noted that the structure of the Labour Party discouraged and dis-empowered ordinary members from participating actively in decision making and policy setting. This must change and all members wishing to support Jeremy must do more that attend Momentum meetings and rallies, they must get involved by attending CLP branch meetings, as uninspiring as those tend to be.

I can’t remember the detail of the formal resolutions from the meeting but they essentially expressed support for Jeremy Corbyn and condemnation of those MP’s involved in the attempted coup. There was a call for the institution of a deselection process for those MP’s who refused to work with the leader that the membership has elected.