Moonbattery,  The Left

A Funny Definition of “Progressive”

There are an awful lot of oddballs and nutters at Ken Livingstone’s “Progressive London” conference.

But of all the sessions, here’s one which really leaps out.

• Bairbre de Brún MEP, Sinn Féin
• Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan Ambassador
• Richard Gott, author
• Azad Ali, Community Affairs Co-ordinator, Islamic Forum Europe
• Mark Weisbrot, Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
• CHAIR: Seumas MilneGuardian columnist

The names on this list will be familiar to most of you. In particular, there is Azad Ali: an outspoken supporter of military jihad, who is representing Islamic Forum Europe, which is aligned with the clerical fascist Jamaat-e-Islami party.

Just over a year ago, Azad Ali was praising the Al Qaeda cleric, Anwar Al Awlaki on his blog as “one of my favourite speakers and scholars”:

I really do love him for the sake of Allah, he has an uncanny way of explaining things to people which is endearing

So, this is Ken Livingstone’s definition of “progressive”.

  • unrepentant Stalinists, like Milne and Hudson
  • former USSR  “agents of influence” like Gott
  • fans of Al Qaeda clerics, like Ali
  • assorted members of the small Trot clique, Socialist Action (in their various guises and front groups)
  • Chavistas
  • Terrorists

and whoever else can be persuaded to stand on a platform with these lot.

Including – unbelievably – Ed Miliband!

Is this really the future of the Left?