Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Respect: the Unity Coalition







[A typical multicultural Respect meeting.]
Respect is also called ‘the Unity Coalition’. It is a unity of Muslims, members of the far left, Muslims, members of the far left, Muslims, members of the far left and the Rev Ray Gaston (the vicar of Dibley, once of All Arseholes Church, Islamabad).

Respect is a left wing political party of Manningham, Tower Hamlets, Sparkbrook, Islington, and other such areas. It was founded on the 25th of January in 2004 – 70 years after the death of Trotsky and 1,500 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Respect’s beginnings were in the Not-Red-Now Green Ken’s Islamic Republic of Londonistan. Its name is an acronym for Respect, Equality, Socialism, Peace, Environmentalism, Community and Trade Unionism:
i) The Party respects Muslims, far leftists, Muslims, far leftists, Muslims and the Rev Ray Gaston.
ii) Respect believes in equality for Muslims, far leftists, Muslims, far leftists, Muslims and the Rev Ray Gaston.
iii) It wants socialism of the type practised in the Islamic world, with a bit of Stalin and Trotsky thrown in for good measure.
iv) It believes in the kind of peace which can be found in Pakistan, Iraq and China. It prefers ‘the peace of the grave’ as found in Islamic and Stalinist states.
v) It is environmentalist in the sense that green-types may be persuaded into supporting an Islamo-Trotskyite group because at least its members are not all white and wearing suits.
vi) It is for the Muslim community, the community of far leftists, the Muslim community, the community of far leftists, and the Muslim community - communities which are rarely found together. Islington for the far leftists and Manningham/Tower Hamlets for the Muslims.
vii) It is for trade unionism in that far left union leaders and activists will be
required to persuade their members that they will have a job and high wages in
either an Islamic republic or a Trotskyist republic (or a fusion of the two).

Policies

Respect was created in January 2004, using the issue of the War in Iraq to mobilise its vote. That is, ‘to get Muslim votes and give far leftists something to scream about’, as critics put it. Many Muslims at the time said that ‘although Saddam Hussein is a son of a bitch, he is still a Muslim son of a bitch’. Thus ‘the kufr has no right to invade Iraq and audaciously try to give union leaders, socialists and political activists the rights they had never experienced before’. Today Muslims no longer believe that Saddam was a son-of-a-bitch at all – not even a Muslim son of a bitch.

Beyond the war in Iraq, Respect attempted to ‘provide a broad-based and inclusive alternative to the parties of privatisation, war, and occupation’ and ‘have a broad socialist agenda’. That ‘broad-based and inclusive alternative’ included Muslims, far leftists, Muslims, far leftists, Muslims and an Anglican vicar. It was against economic privatisation but for the privatisation of power into the hands of Respect and other Islamists. It was against wars fought by white people but accepted wars when fought by the Sudanese, Iranians, Hamas and other brown people. It was against the occupation of Palestine by Israel and of Iraq by the US but for the occupation of Tibet by China, Kurdistan by Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq, southern Sudan by the Islamo-Arab jihadists and so on. Oh, and socialism was thrown in for good measure, though all the Islamists and Muslims secretly had a big problem with this atheistic and secular ideology (plus Marx was a Jew).

Some of the policies on which Respect also campaigned for included:


i) The renationalisation of the railways and other public services. Mosques,
the Muslim Association of Britain, etc. would still not pay taxes and other
Muslim ‘charities’, which collect for Islamic terrorists and Hamas, would also be
tax-exempt. Far left politics will remain privatised.
ii) Raising the minimum wage to the European Union’s ‘decency threshold’ of £7.40 an hour but still kept way below George Muhammad Galloway and Salmon Yaboob’s salaries, as well as the salaries of the lecturers and professors who run the Socialist Workers Party. Such people ‘need their sushi bars and Tuscan trips’, as Yaboob put it.
iii) An increase in incomes taxes on the rich to fund social welfare programs and close the income gap. Rich Trotskyists and Muslim businessmen would be except from these equitable taxes. The social welfare programmes will include the building of at least twenty mosques each year plus free copies of Marx’s Das Capital and the Koran to all school children under the age of sixteen.
iv) Support for the Palestinian people and the ending British tolerance of various
Israeli policies regarding the Palestinians. Galloway, however, said that ‘the
Tibetans, Kurds, and Basques can go to hell – they’re not hip enough for me’.
Respect will continue to support the enlightened policy of China in Tibet as
well as Turkey, Iran, Syria’s enlightened policies towards the Kurds.
v) To support and mediate the Kashmir core-issue between Pakistan and the Republic of India to resolve the dispute peacefully. However, the 'Pakistanis can use their nuclear weapons if this contributes to peace'. Other regional disputes in the
world which don’t involve Muslims can also ‘go to hell’, as George Muhammad
Galloway put it.
vi) The repeal of the industrial relations legislation brought in by the Conservative Party in the 1980s and their substitution by industrial relations legislation brought in by the Respect Party (hopefully in the not to distant future). Employers will still be able to sack workers who are right wing, Islamophobic, too white and not supporters of the Respect Party.
vii) The defence of the rights of Muslim refugees and Muslim asylum-seekers in order to stir things up a little and allow some asylum-seeking Islamic terrorists their first taste of British democracy. After Respect gains power, it plans to only allow in Muslim foreign diplomats and Chinese leaders and politicians.
viii) Opposition to student fees, especially the fees of the many students who support Respect and the SWP. Yaqoob has said that ‘middle class students, when older, will deserve their three holidays a year and two cars after spending three years supporting far-left issues and groups like us’.

Makeup

Respect was originally launched by the Guardian journalist George Monbiot and Birmingham Stop the War Coalition chair Salma Yaqoob, who is said to have thought up her the coalition at her Birmingham mansion while on magic mushrooms. Some have said that ‘it was no surprise that the Islington paper and Islamists’ favourite, the Guardian, placed it faith in Respect considering its championing of a Universal Caliphate and sharia law’ (for all places other than Islington, which wants to keep is sushi bars). As for Salmon Yaboob, she became a political beast after she was flegged at after 9/11. So it is quite remarkable that only three years later she began to form her own political party.

Respect allows its members to hold members of other political organisation, including al-Qaeda, Hamas, but not the BNP or the EDL.

The coalition has the support of:

i) Islamist members of the Islamist Muslim Association of Britain (especially
Idiot Bunglingwallah, its beardless spokesman) and the Muslim Council of
Britain (not to be confused with Bradford or Tower Hamlets councils).
ii) The Socialist Unity Network (in which you receive instruction in
factionalism and communalism).
iii) The Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), which is the ‘historical mind’ of Respect, as well as Keeper of the Museum of Marxist Failures.
iv) People of no other political organisation and of no mind.

Respect members involved since the party's foundation include:

i) George Muhammad Leon Galloway, currently Respect’s only Member of Parliament, who was expelled from the Labour Party ‘for being a complete arse’.
ii) Salmon Yaboob
iii) Linda Smith (who no one outside the Party has ever heard of).
iv) British television and film direct Ken Roach, who is an elected
member of its national council and a very boring person.
The media often assumes that George Muhammad Galloway is the party leader. According to the party constitution, but not according to fact and practice, Respect does not have a leader as such and is run by an elected ‘national council’, which is full of Gallowayians and Yaqoobites. Yaqoob has also said that she is ‘not the leader on paper, but I am the leader in fact’. The ‘national council’ elects Galloway and Yaqoob every year – each gets 100% of the votes. Voting is based on the Sparkbrook and Pakistani principles of elections and voting.

Before the 2007 split, membership included the Socialist Workers Party, although some Zionists have said that ‘in fact Respect was part of the SWP, not the other way around’.

Electoral performance

2004 elections

Respect candidate Lindsey German came fifth in the 2004 London Mayoral election. Lindsey German sat on the Central Committee (Soviet-Russia style) of the SWP and often sat on John Rees’s face. However, Yaqoob said that ‘the connections between Respect and the SWP are very slight’.

Its largest constituency vote in the 2004 assembly elections was in City and East London where it polled 13.46%, reaching third place. Respect said that the high vote it received in East London ‘had nothing to do with the very large Muslim populations in East London’. It ‘was policies all the way’. Respect won its first election on the 29th of July, when Oliur Rahman won away a ward from Labour in Tower Hamlets. The fact that Rahman is a Muslim and that Tower Hamlets has the largest Muslim population in the UK ‘had nothing to do with Respect’s success’ – according to the Arabic-language newspaper Caliphate Now!

2005 general election

In the 2005 general election Respect ran candidates in 26 constituencies and secured its first Member of Parliament in George Muhammad Galloway, who overturned the large majority of Oona King in Bethnal Green and Bow. Galloway said that this ‘had nothing to do with the fact that much was made of Oona King’s Jewish mother during the election’ and that ‘her Zionist background was utterly irrelevant’.

Respect came second in three constituencies: the Islam Republic of Sparkbrook (in Birmingham), as well as Small Heath, East Ham and West Ham.

2006 local elections

Respect stood a limited number of candidates nationally and concentrated on Tower Hamlets, where it stood a full slate of candidates and managed to win twelve seats. Respect said that ‘our non-communalist party was successful in Tower Hamlets because of our strong views on monetary policy and Brazilian issues’ and that ‘it had nothing to do with the fact that Tower Hamlets has the largest Muslim population in the UK’.

2007 local elections

As for accusation of ‘communalism’, Salmon Yaboob said that ‘not a single Muslim has ever said that Respect is communalist party’ and that ‘only those who are non-Muslims, usually Zionists, say such things’. Despite that, Respect lost one of its Tower Hamlets councillors, Waiseul Islam, who returned to the Labour Party. Islam has since expressed his reasons for doing so saying, ‘I reject the notion of dividing the local community for political gain, which is what I believe Respect are effectively doing’. Respect has since categorised Waiseul Islam as a ‘Uncle Tom’ and also for being too critical of Osama bin Laden.

2008 elections

As a result of the 2007 split there were two organisations, both claiming legitimacy over the Respect identity. The group led by the SWP stood as the Left List, while Respect Renewal members stood as Respect and as ‘Respect (George Galloway)’ in London. The Left Split then split into the Far Left Split, the Very Far Left Split and the Banana Split. However, Respect said it has no time for factionalism unless on very important matters, such as whether or not it should implement Lenin’s 1923 policy of 'kicking rather than kissing Muslim arse'. A new split also then emerged: the Split Against Splits and Factions

The crisis in Respect

In September 2007 there was a crisis in Respect which resembled the Spilling of the Cup of Tea Crisis which Mrs Jones had in October 2003. This monumental crisis affected at least twenty people, perhaps a couple more.

It occurred when George Galloway, a gorgeous exhibitionist and Arabophile, wrote a letter, in Arabic, to Respect’s national council members saying, in Arabic, that the party was ‘too disorganised’ and ‘faced oblivion’ unless it 'reformed its internal party management and gave [him] much more power and more cigars'.

This was the beginning of the short war between Galloway/the Yaqoobites and the Socialist Workers Party of Middle Class People. In particular, Galloway called for the appointment of a National Organiser like himself, or at least his carbon copy. The SWP perceived this to be an attempt to undermine the National Secretary, who, strangely enough, was a member of the SWP. This was John ‘From-a-Working-Class Background’ Rees – with Scottish accent, therefore working class. The Central Committee (yes, like the Soviet Union) sent a letter which stated: ‘The SWP believed that the post was created to undermine National Secretary John Rees.’
In the course of the dispute, the SWP expelled three members who sided with Galloway. This was all part of the Galloway and Yaboob Show Trials after which the SWP had three Respect member executed and Respect had four SWP members executed. Apart from that, Yaboob said, ‘there was much stability at that time’.

On the 3rd of November 2007 Galloway’s side announced plans to hold a ‘Respect Renewal’ conference on the 17th of November - the same day as the planned national conference of Respect. And also on the same day there was also a Far-Left Split Conference, a Very Far Left Split Conference and a Banana Split Conference.

In Respect’s opinion, the conference, that is the Respect Conference, not the Banana Split Conference, was being organised by the officers of Respect was being packed by delegates who supported the SWP. The SWP claimed to never infiltrate or take over organisations, except various teaching and actors’ unions, Stop the War Coalition, Unite Against Fascism, Rock Against Racism, and al-Qaeda.

Reasons for the split

Linda Smith, Respect’s national chair at the time of the split, has claimed: ‘The sectarianism and “control freak” methods of the SWP have led us to a situation where Respect is irretrievably split.’ She said then that ‘our Muslim Party is against sectarianism’ and ‘dislikes the control-freak methods of other parties which attempt to limit or control our own control-freak measures’. The SWP has attributed the split to the move to the right of the Khmer Rouge by George Galloway and his allies, motivated by ‘sacrilegious electorialism’ and the toning down of policies for building gulags for all right wingers.

International Affiliation

While Respect is not part of any international organisation, except for Jamaat e-Islami, and has no formal links to any other countries (except Pakistan and Saudi Arabia), it does have ‘fraternal links’ with various organisations, such as al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and Kill Infidels! Respect participates, however, in the European Anticapitalist Left in which they create factions and debate the second line of the third paragraph of Trotsky’s Capitalist Fuckers!

Criticisms of Respect

Equality

Respect has been accused of abandoning the liberal-social issues of women’s rights, abortion, gay rights and fighting homophobia in order to attract Muslim support. Respect said that it respects ‘women’s right to be locked up at home’ and 'to have a cliterodectomy'. It is for gay rights but doesn’t like gays ramming it down their throats; or, as Lindsey German put it, ‘gay rights is not a shibboleth which we should wear at all times, especially not when Muslims are around’. It also said that ‘homophobia does not hurt gays much when it comes from brown people than it does when it comes from white people’. In addition, it said that ‘homophobia is verboten in Islington but acceptable in Bradford, the Tower Hamlets and Iran’. ‘People have a democratic right to be homophobic, but not Islamophobic.’

Respect and elements of the LGBT community have clashed on two other notable occasions. In November 2005, Respect's second largest single financial donor, Dr Mohammad Naseem, was accused in an article by Peter Tatchell of being homophobic due to his senior position in the Islamic Party of Britain, which he claimed advocated the 'banning of gay organisations' and the 'execution of homosexuals'. Dr Mohammad Naeem said that his comments were taken out of context. That context was ‘speaking to fellow Muslims, not to Question Time or the Guardian newspaper’. Additionally the former point is also repeated on the Islamic Party of Britain's website. Again, Naseem said that his ‘comments were taken out of the context of an Islamic website and put into the context of a bunch of gayboys complaining about homophobia’.

In January 2006, an article attacking Tatchell's opposition to the party was written by Respect member and journalist Adam Yosef. Writing for Desi Xpress, Yosef accused Tatchell of ‘Islamophobia’ but was attacked by gay organisations for ‘encouraging violence against Tatchell’ and for using ‘xenophobic’ and ‘homophobic’ language. Thus there was a battle between Islamophobia and homophobia which generated much phobia-phobia in the press and elsewhere. Such critics were accused of being phobiaphobic as well as homophobic, Islamophobic and Respectophobic and Gallowayophobic.

Yosef also used other articles to attack same-sex unions, describing them as a front for ‘tax fraud’, but critics said that 'he didn’t think the same about Islamic polygamy and the tax-free status of mosques and other Islamic organisations'. Tatchell called on Respect to expel Yosef but the party responded with the following statement: ‘Adam Yosef has the right to voice his own opinions in his own column – they range from an ecstatic review of Birmingham’s gay pride to venting his thoughts about Peter Tatchell.’ However, Respect says that ‘although he has the right to voice his own opinions, he cannot voice opinions favourable to the BNP, the EDL and monetarism’.

Reformism

Some far-left organisations did not join Respect. They saw the party as being a ‘cross-class’ organisation, rather than a party of the working class. These far-left organisation were themselves made up of working class geezers who taught at the London School of Economics and had a few connections to Oxbridge University (which is in between the towns of Oxford and Cambridge). These far-left groups argued that those from other classes, with interests different from the working class, would seek to change Respect's policy accordingly. Workers Power argued that ‘it is the case that only LSE and Neasden Polytechnic lecturers truly understand the working class’. It argued that Respect's politics were populist and reformist rather than socialist and revolutionary, especially compared with a previous left project, the Socialist Alliance and Leicester. Workers Power prided itself on being far more revolutionary than any other group, more so than even the Khmer Rough.

Such accusations had been challenged, in particular by the Socialist Workers Party, the largest far-left group in the UK, which helped establish Respect. The SWP argued that it could ‘make Respect as revolutionary as the SWP itself and far, far more revolutionary than that wankers’party, Workers’ Power’.

Democratic process

Critics of Respect such as the Socialist Party, as well as the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty and Workers Power, former members of the Socialist Alliance, claim that it is undemocratic and has an overly London-centric, top-down approach, its initial programme having been created largely by negotiations between the SWP and George Galloway. Respect replied by saying that Respect is ‘not “London-centric”, it is, in fact, Islington-, Tower Hamlets-, and Sparkbrook-centric’. As for Respect’s ‘top-down approach’, Respect said that ‘Stalin himself favoured these methods and achieved a remarkable amount of good by doing so’.

Similarly, the Weekly Worker, the Alliance for Green Socialism (AGS) and some other leftist groups claim that Respect is primarily a front organisation for the Socialist Workers Party. The SWP then ordered Respect to say that ‘Respect is not a front for the SWP – in fact, we have never even heard of the SWP’. Respect also countered this claim by stating that ‘it is simply false because Respect and the SWP have said that it is false – what more do you lot want?’.

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