The Club's Executive Committee have taken the unanimous decision to remove Alastair Campbell as one of our honorary presidents. Campbell’s central role as Tony Blair’s chief strategist in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of up to 1 million people, should rule him out of any serious role or prominence in public life.
In removing Campbell from an honorary presidential role, we wish to highlight our rejection of his disgraceful attempt to rehabilitate himself as a legitimate political figure through the 'People’s Vote' campaign. Campbell is worthy of no decoration: if justice were ever to be served for the Iraqi people and all victims of the War on Terror, he would stand trial at the Hague alongside his old boss.
In his place we are making three new appointments:
MUNTADHAR AL-ZAIDI, an Iraqi journalist and political activist. Muntadhar is best known for hurling his shoes at George. W Bush during a press conference in Baghdad in 2008, yelling “this is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog”. For this heroic act, targeting Campbell and Blair’s co-conspirator, he was violently detained and imprisoned. He continues, to this day, to stand against Western imperialist involvement in his country.
DIANE ABBOTT. Before becoming the
first black woman MP, Diane was among the first black women to study at Cambridge. Having subsequently dedicated her life to the cause of democratic socialism, including upholding an exemplary commitment to internationalist values, she represents the very best of our party and wider movement.
MARIELLE FRANCO will too be recognised with an honorary presidential position. Marielle was an inspiring black Brazilian feminist and socialist politician in Rio de Janeiro. She stood firmly against racialised state violence in Rio’s favelas, and for women’s rights. In March 2018, she was brutally murdered by a criminal gang linked to the Bolsonaro family. Her life of struggle and its enduring legacy shines as a beacon in the global fight against resurgent fascism and for a just world.
Marielle, Presente, hoje e sempre!
What can we take from the outcome of last week’s local elections? On the whole: not bad. Labour did well where we need to (Southern marginals), and where we didn’t (towns up North), the problem is at least straightforward to amend.