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Video: full SKWAWKBOX interview with Ian Lavery MP and 17-year teacher and union activist Brent Poland: Labour and the working class; coronavirus and schools

Last night the SKWAWKBOX interviewed working-class Labour MP and former party chair Ian Lavery in its first weekly news and current affairs programme on Socialist Telly. The interview ranged over the difficulties between the party and working-class communities, the contempt among many so-called centrists for working-class people – and the new No Holding Back podcast Lavery has started with fellow MP Jon Trickett and the excellent Laura Smith.

Union activist and 17-year teacher Brent Poland also spoke powerfully on the Tories’ treatment of teachers and children – and on whether there is such a thing as a ‘COVID-secure’ classroom.

Watch and share – and watch out for announcements on next week’s guests:

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6 comments

  1. SB – ” the contempt among many so-called centrists for working-class people “…

    The horror is, the same contempt for working-class people, and OPEN racism against black people, festers among many so-called “Left” who hog control of “Left” groups in my CLP
    🥀🥀🥀

    1. Signpost is lying through his teeth again! Funny, isn’t it, that signpost has never-EVER mentioned this before which, what with signpost being signpost, he undoubtedly WOULD have done.

      So I assume you reported these members of your CLP to the Labour Party, yes, and if NOT, why not? And can you give us several examples of this ‘OPEN racism’ please.

      And just how exactly do these ‘OPEN racists’ hog control? And why are you so reluctant to tell us which CLP it is? I’ve asked you on at least four or five occasions during the past nine or ten months (in response to you discrediting left-wing members of your alleged CLP), but you refuse to do so. Why is that signpost?

      1. I see signpost’s post has received a Like (just one that is at the time of posting). So supposedly there’s someone who actually believes such total B/S lies. Yeah, as if! Needless to say, it’s a fake Like that one of the other shills on here have given him, OR, more likely one of ‘signposts’ secondary personas. Perhaps the person that supposedly did so would like to explain why they did. No? Thought not!

        Yep, I mean what an amazing coincidence that signpost’s (alleged) CLP just happens to be teeming with left-wing rascists! And the only one out of 650 CLPs in the country that HAS!

  2. The contempt for ordinary working class people by the Labour Party dominating metropolitan elite is a disgrace. They have guaranteed jobs for life with big pensions with local authorities, BBC, NHS, various quango lead public corporations etc, no knowledge of the trials of every day life in the UK with housing/rent struggles, problems with schooling, transport and all the rest. They inflict on us their gratuitous trendy ‘wokery’ and bow to any USA grown celeb driven cause while ignoring poverty and discrimination at home.
    They choose MPs from ranks of London based ‘research assistants’ while ignoring local candidates. Why don’t they all just fuck off to the nearest trendy London wine bar and talk themselves to death.

    1. Whatever the real politics of the regular , and possibly dodgy ‘Plain Citizen’ poster may be – his latest punchy post undoubtedly DOES reflect pretty accurately the jaundiced view of millions of working class ex-Labour voters up and down the UK, about not only the Right of the Party, but, tragically, it’s supposedly ‘socialist’ supposedly ‘Left’ Wing, too . Particularly so after pretty much all the Momentumite ‘Corbynites’ fully backed Starmer and Mandelson’s electorally suicidal, EU-loving, 2nd Referendum and Remain position , which was forced on Jeremy, in the 2019 General Election – a contemptuous betrayal of the 2017 Manifesto promise to ‘Respect the Referendum result’ – that secured the Party its very near electoral breakthrough in 2017.

      The arrogant, entirely middle class, pseudo socialists – actually mostly just smug , identity politics obsessed, Left Liberals, who still monopolise the now ever-dwindling supposed Left membership cohort of the Party – and ALL of the supposed ‘Left’ on the NEC, will never build a socialist Party with the essential ‘blue collar’ working class core membership – because the Left Liberal middle class ‘Left’ simply has no connection, or empathy, with the lives of the working class, that they actually despise and fear – and never will. The Labour Party is now an irrelevance to the bulk of the UK working class – and only a new radical Left Party , with solid socialist politics, WITHOUT the ‘usual suspect’ trendy middle class Left will ever break back into that lost working class membership and electorate, to build a mass political combat party for radical socialist change.

  3. I see signpost’s post has received a Like (just one that is at the time of posting). So supposedly there’s someone who actually believes such total B/S lies. Yeah, as if! Needless to say, it’s a fake Like that one of the other shills on here have given him, OR, more likely one of ‘signposts’ secondary personas. Perhaps the person that supposedly did so would like to explain why they did. No? Thought not!

    Yep, I mean what an amazing coincidence that signpost’s (alleged) CLP just happens to be teeming with left-wing rascists! And the only one out of 650 CLPs in the country that HAS!

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