Law and self-interest

A piece by Adam Serwer in American Prospect dissociates the defence of Guantanamo detainees from terrorist sympathies:

“I do want to point out one flaw in the right-wing’s conspiracy theory charging that support for the rule of law is evidence of terrorist sympathies — a great deal of the lawyers who represent or have represented Guantanamo Bay detainees are Jewish. Not Jewish by birth, or culturally Jewish, but observant, even Zionist, Jews.”

Read on.

Geoffrey Alderman’s case against the University and College Union proceeds in the light of UCU’s commitment to hold employers accountable to anti-discrimination law and – what follows from that – its responsibility to treat its own members equally.

4 Responses to “Law and self-interest”

  1. Bill Says:

    From a legal perspective, can’t Alderman already demonstrate an existing chilling and hostile work environment given all the episodes of misconduct by the boycott clique to date? There’s plenty of open and public examples to chose from. This is also where it would’ve been nice for the membership to see the solicited-but-never-published legal opinion in the boycott, as opposed to the Stop-the-Boycott external review.

  2. Absolute Observer Says:

    Well, as far as I understand it, if the UCU had a democratic structure, then such legal action would not be necessary.

    From what I know the hacks of the UCU bleat on about Congress being a representative body and that, as such, as there is no need for “one member, one vote” on this issue and that those who call for it are nothing but anti-working class revisionists, etc., etc.. However, it is the case that voting is given to the acceptance or not on the question of pay; on industrial action and so on. Considering that a call for a boycott, the call for an annual boycott Israel conference, the call to disassociate from a sister trade union are such excpetional moves – far more than industrial action – one would have thought that the necessity for the hacks to gain the legitimacy of the UCU rank and file would have been a priority.
    Of course, it could be that, as the hacks found out a few years ago, the majority of UCU members oppose a boycott of Israel or any other country for that matter for a whole range of issues that may or may not have anything to do with the current situation.
    The hacks have no choice to hide all they like behind the bureaucratic structures and games they play so well. They know they are out of step with the rank and file; a rank and file which, by all accounts is (legitimately) worried about their jobs and conditions to get bogged down by the obsessions of the few.

  3. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    “From what I know the hacks of the UCU bleat on about Congress being a representative body and that, as such, as there is no need for “one member, one vote” on this issue and that those who call for it are nothing but anti-working class revisionists, etc., etc..”

    And we all thought that democratic centralism died with the Bolsheviks! Fat lot we knew.

  4. Bill Says:

    One member, one vote, one time?


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