Dame Helen Mirren, once of the Socialist Worker‘s Party tells us: “I was never a left-winger, actually,” she told Time Out. “I was a pretend left-winger because it was more interesting than being a right-winger. I never really embraced the ideology because socialists were so sexist and racist.”
How true…it seems:
The BBC were happy to give some good publicity to this junket backed by the Socialist Worker’s Party: Slutwalk London: ‘Yes means yes and no means no’
And, as ‘Notasheep’ points out, the BBC works closely with SWP supporters:
‘Why nothing about this case on the BBC? It’s not as though the Socialist Workers Party is unknown to them. A regular on the BBC is ‘comedian’ Mark Steel, a long time SWP member, albeit one who resigned from the party in 2007, long after he started to make his hugely amusing appearances on BBC radio. The ‘Right To Work’ campaign that the BBC gave huge prominence to last year was a SWP offshoot.
I think it safe to say that an equivalent sex scandal at the BNP would be headline news on the BBC so why not when it’s the equally vile SWP?
Now why might the BBC have a soft spot for the extreme-left Socialist Workers Party? Who can say.’
The BBC aren’t so happy to report on a woman who claimed to have been raped by a senior member of the SWP, and who rather than going to the police accepted their kind offer of an internal investigation or ‘trial’ by their own Disputes Committee…with the inevitable outcome that the senior member of the SWP, who knew the panel of ‘judges‘, walked away scot free leaving the woman in great distress: SWP Rape Scandal Developments
The transcript of said ‘trial’ is here.
From inside the den of iniquity itself:
‘The reason that the DC (Disputes Committee) thought it was fit to investigate this case is precisely because it did not recognise rape within relationship, acquaintance rape, date rape or whatever you want to call this woman’s experience as a ‘real’ rape. Part of their disbelief may have been because they were friends or long standing colleagues of Delta. Part of their disbelief may be because the party’s position on women’s oppression is flawed, it has not kept up to date with the most current theories in feminism and it has not kept itself at the forefront of the battle against women’s oppression. Part of their problem was that they are human, they live in this world, in this time and, despite protestations to the contrary, they were not immune to the rape myths that exist in this society.
I have also faced the argument that the DC has investigated 9 rapes in the past (I’m not clear on how recently these ‘investigations’ were conducted). I believe this argument is put forward to reassure comrades of the competency of the DC. I don’t find it reassuring in the slightest; in fact I find it terrifying.’
Why did the BBC not cover this extraordinary story?
Just how many of the BBC were or still are members of the Socialist Worker’s Party?
Could that be the reason this story seems to be non-existent at the BBC?
They must have discussed it at an editorial meeting…if so who spiked the report and why?
Nick Cohen suggests the end of the SWP is possibly not far often and to be greatly welcomed…if so far unnoticed by most of the MSM…can he mean the BBC?:
‘A few Labour historians are more hopeful. They believe the SWP is dying and a foul Leninist tradition is dying with it. If they are right, not only will the air on the left be sweeter to breathe, but British feminism will have won a notable battle without the mainstream media even noticing.’
The Guardian has it:
Why ‘leftists revolutionaries’ are not the best feminists
The rape allegation against a member of the SWP is hardly surprising, given the party’s attitude towards women.
The Daily Mail has it:
A show of hands! That’s how the Socialist Workers Party cleared a comrade of rape
The Independent has it:
Lots of papers have it….but seemingly not the BBC.