There is a truly dreadful article in support of Diane Abbott's decision to send her son to a private school on Socialist Unity.
Having lectured others including Tony Blair on the issue in the past, and complained of racism when it came to the education of black boys in London, Abbott was widely seen as hypocrite when she sent her son to a private school, despite predictable attempts to play the race card in her own defence.
That the Socialist Unity blog should make excuses for Ms Abbott is perhaps consistent with the identity politics that have dominated that blog for some years. Put simply, Abbott's many faults are to be ignored as she is the only black and female candidate for Labour leadership.
The editor of Socialist Unity, Andy Newman, has the habit of deleting my posts on his blog, citing potential libel. This has happened to posts I have made pointing out that Searchlight editor Nick Lowles once smuggled a hidden camera into a Yorkshire Anti-Fascist Action meeting, with the footage then appearing in a hostile World In Action documentary. The second instance was when I pointed out that one of the financiers of the Respect Party, Dr Mohammed Nassem of Birmingham Central Mosque, has distributed anti-semitic DVD's about the 7/7 attacks around the mosque.
Of these two incidents the first is pretty easy to prove - only one person at the AFA meeting went on to subsequently work on a series of documentaries with - World In Action. Nick Lowles. I am expecting the issue will be covered in some detail in the forthcoming book on Anti-Fascist Action by members of the Red Action group. As for the second, it was aired on the BBC's conspiracy files series. Dr Naseem did not sue them. Newman's actions are more about censoring critical political opinions that he cannot answer, especially when they expose the weakness of his own political circles. Just in case he deletes my comment from the thread on Abbott linked to above, here it is:
Andy Newman: “Well what is your explanation for the preference among many better off BAME parents for private schools?”
Paul Stott: That middle and upper class people from ethnic minorities are very similar to middle and upper class white people. They use their wealth to cement their advantages and to the exclusion of those without their privileges. It’s called class society Andy, and before you drowned in the liberalism of identity politics, you were still able to recognise it.