Martin Smith Given PhD Place at Liverpool Hope University

Incredibly, the university is issuing ‘safety advice’ to its female students whilst employing this creep. Our advice is to steer well clear of comrade delta.

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nasty man*Trigger warning- rape and sexual harassment.*

It has come to our attention that Martin Smithwho resigned from the Socialist Workers Party following rape and sexual harassment allegationsis now based in the Social Work department at Liverpool Hope University

The accusations against Smith were covered up by an internal investigation from the party’s disputes committee. This was set up by the central committee a body largely consisting of Smith’s friendswho at this point were referring to him as Comrade Delta. The specifics of the case and the handling of the case can be read here, here and here

However, to summarise, not only were the survivors disbelieved and their cases not heard, but party leader and academic Alex Callinicos claimed that the partyand the wider movements of…

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There is no anarchism without feminism

We must put our house in order, we have always welcomed eccentrics and dissidents of all kinds but some people have latched onto the anarchist movement in recent years who haven’t the faintest idea what it’s all about, these people are not anarchists, they are closer to the far right.

Left at the Lights

I’d never been to bookfair before. I was very excited to be attending; had been looking forward to looking at books and collecting badges and I knew everyone I loved would be there. Not a lot of that happened though. I went home with two badges (the best two badges there in my opinion ‘my body is my business’ and ‘keep your rosaries of my ovaries’) and a stiff body and sore throat.

Within an hour of arriving we had to face the dreaded white man from down under. I’d heard there was some drama at last year’s bookfair but my memory isn’t the best so had forgotten the details apart from the fact that he was a misogynist and had upset some of our fem bloc. Well, it was clear to see and hear why this might have been. Stood on a bench he was spouting the usual Assange…

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The Revolution Starts in Swindon

Bristol Anarchist Federation

We may have been exaggerating a little with the title, but yesterday was a step in the right direction. Members of Bristol AFed visited our groups most popular destination (yes, it really is) to take part in the first ever Swindon Radical Bookfair. It was a great opportunity for radicals from the town and the wider region to meet up and share information and a chance for other Swindon locals to get involved and find out about their cities radical past, present and (fingers crossed) future.

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Statement on the SWP and its Rape Apologism

Bristol Anarchist Federation

People may be aware of the allegations of a cover-up of sexual assault and rape within the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), and the subsequent repression of SWP members who questioned it. Anarchist Federation members and other comrades in Manchester and Glasgow were man-handled & attacked when they confronted SWP leaders over their rape apologism. The SWP has not spoken out against these assaults carried out by its supporters.
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Bristol Anarchist Federation has always had strong political, theoretical and tactical disagreements with the Socialist Workers Party, however we have sometimes worked alongside them on broader campaigns.

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F The Tories Freestyle

Fallout Boys – How The Shift in EDL Leadership Affects Portsmouth Divs

Portsmouth Anti-Fascists

A lot has been written about the departure of Tommy and Kev from the EDL this week, so there’s not really any point in going over it here in massive detail. Some claimed it was the end of fascism in the UK, while others took a more sober approach and pointed out that Yaxley-Lemon is a snake, and whatever he does, it’s self serving and calculated. For a good antifascist overview have a look at While Rome Burns. Here, we just wanted to have a think about what it means for the Portsmouth EDL.

Portsmouth EDL seemed to be in a downward spiral to no-where after their ill fated Portsmouth Demo turned into a firework throwing farce, and drew condemnation not only from the left but basically anyone who heard about it. The local paper (The News) tore them to shreds, and after inviting every lunatic far-right group going from…

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Red n Black TV: Instant reaction to Tommy’s resignation from the EDL