Caroline Lucas has resigned from Stop the War Coalition

Green MP called stepping down 'the responsible thing to', as pressure mounts on Jeremy Corbyn

 

As pressure mounts on Jeremy Corbyn to pull out of the Stop the War Coalition’s fundraiser on Friday, the Green Party’s only MP Caroline Lucas has announced that she resigned from the group a few weeks ago. In a statement to Guido Fawkes, Lucas’ office said:

“Caroline stepped back from the Stop the War Coalition a few weeks ago. Her busy parliamentary and constituency schedule means that she doesn’t have time to fully engage with the role of a Patron and, in light of some recent StWC positions that she didn’t support, she felt standing down was the responsible thing to do. Like the Stop the War Coalition, Caroline is opposed to British bombing in Syria because it will neither keep Britain safe nor help bring about a lasting peace in Syria.”

Caroline Lucas had been the vice-president of the group, which has faced heavy criticism during weeks of tension over the Syria vote. Following Hilary Benn’s speech to Commons, the group was accused of praising ISIS after posting on its website:

“Benn does not even seem to realize that the jihadist movement that ultimately spawned Daesh is far closer to the spirit of internationalism and solidarity that drove the International Brigades than Cameron’s bombing campaign.”

Following the attacks in Paris it said France had ‘reaped the whirlwind’ of Western support for extremist violence in the Middle East.

Stop the War has also defended Russian aggression in Ukraine and Georgia, and more recently barred Syrians from speaking at its meetings on Syria.

Caroline Lucas has been a long standing and tireless critic of Western military intervention in the Middle East. Her resignation from Stop the War by no means equates to a resignation from her position on intervention; last week she said ‘the UK’s strongest contribution at this point would be through enhanced diplomacy’, and voted against airstrikes in Syria.

But her resignation has intensified the spotlight on Jeremy Corbyn; should he follow Lucas’ example and distance himself from such a controversial group?

Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward

32 Responses to “Caroline Lucas has resigned from Stop the War Coalition”

  1. Little Richardjohn

    “the jihadist movement that ultimately spawned Daesh is far closer to the
    spirit of internationalism and solidarity that drove the International
    Brigades than Cameron’s bombing campaign.”
    The sheer brass-neck of pacifists. They didn’t support the republicans in 1936, supported the ‘appeasement’ of Hitler (i.e. surrender to). And now oppose any attempt to end Daesh genocide and imperialist expansion.
    STWC are an ultra-reactionary cancer at the heart of Progressivism. An logical endorsement of ‘Might Is Right’ power politics which tears up the UN Charter.
    In the frantic days before the UN passed UN1973 to rescue Bengazi, George Galloway (no less) called for a ‘New International Brigade’ to do the job – until he remembered who was funding the Gaza Convoys, after which all evidence of his gaff were removed.

  2. Shimon

    “in light of some recent StWC positions that she didn’t support, she felt standing down was the responsible thing to do” – which positions, exactly?

  3. JackieHolt

    “Benn does not even seem to realize that the jihadist movement that
    ultimately spawned Daesh is far closer to the spirit of internationalism
    and solidarity that drove the International Brigades than Cameron’s
    bombing campaign.”

    That, the quote on Paris and the defence of Putin in Ukraine prove that “Stop the War” is in no way pacifist – it seems perfectly happy with violence when the West’s interests are hurt. Repellent group, I’m glad Caroline Lucas has seen sense.

  4. Yemach Shemo

    You mention the UN Charter? HA! Isn’t it illegal to ride over national boundaries with violent intent, without an express invitation from the nation whose borders you are riding over? It’s one of the highest crimes on the planet! It’s called waging aggressive war.

    Then you have the nerve to criticise the Gaza Convoys. Convoys taking relief to victims of your, so-called, Progressivism, which I call Israeli atrocities against civilians.

    Mate, if you are passing my place, please, PLEASE do come and talk to my garden. It would benefit from a deep pile of manure.

  5. RobotNick

    If STWuk and Corbyn were pacifists they would fiercely condemn Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and the brutal bombing of Syrian civilians by Assad & Putin. The complete failure of these outspoken and articulate ‘anti-war’ advocates to do so indicates that they are neither anti-war nor pacifists.

    Rather they give all too many signs of being supporters of Putin’s regime of hyper-corrupt crony-capitalism, neo-fascism and imperialist aggression.

  6. Visual

    Good for Caroline. A woman of principle

  7. Visual

    The United Nations has called for action against Daesh.

  8. Cole

    Good thing too. They’re a poisonous lot.

  9. Cole

    And it’s not illegal, whatever STW say.

  10. Ben David Webber

    Read the article.

  11. Ed Snowed Us

    What do you expect? The very same rats loudly supported Bashar Assad and “his right” to GAS BABIES TO DEATH in 2013 by demanding he suffer no consequences whatsoever.
    In fact to up the ante, Assad had a school FIRE_BOMBED days before the vote in Parliament, the BBC at a local hospital by chance.
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  12. Ed Snowed Us

    What do you expect? The very same rats loudly supported Bashar Assad and “his right” to GAS BABIES TO DEATH in 2013 by demanding he suffer no consequences whatsoever.
    In fact to up the ante, Assad had a school FIRE_BOMBED days before the vote in Parliament, the BBC at a local hospital by chance.

  13. Asteri

    Still obsessively fighting an organisation that hasn’t held any mass rallies and hasn’t had any impact on public life since 2004 then?

  14. Tubby_Isaacs

    Not to mention its lack of interest in what Charlie Hebdo was really like- ie biggest target the Front National and Roman Catholicism.
    You’d have thought it worth mentioning the dead were anti-racists, wouldn’t you? Apparently not.

  15. JAMES MCGIBBON

    Is it a particular war they want to stop or all wars.? Do they support a war? Strange bunch and why do they get so much publicity? Who the fuck are they?

  16. Jacob723

    If she was a woman of principle, she would not have been there year after year backing StW’s dictator-promoting service and only left when an uncomfortable media light was shone on it – and therefore her.

  17. David Lindsay

    It should have been wound up years ago. Jeremy Corbyn goes back to its very foundation, in the phenomenal, and entirely vindicated, popular campaign against the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Therefore, he has the authority to tell it to call it a day. The peace movement did not begin with the Stop the War Coalition, nor would it end with the Stop the War Coalition.

  18. James Luchte

    This is merely an attempt to suppress alternative voices and protest in the UK under its far-right Tory government – in its alliance with right-wing Labour Blairites. They are all war criminals now. Jeremy Corbyn should remained focused on re-building the Labour party and the left opposition – as is happening all through Europe and around the world.

  19. Brad JJ

    Wow. Really wow. Stop the War is looking seriously insane. The broad left should try focussing upon political education of the activist young. Political correctness (with its exclusive rule-bases self-censorship and fixed ideas; its operating from principles and not empirically) has opened the doors for the dumb but pure to wrap themselves up in all sort of nonsense.

  20. Brad JJ

    Pacifists do not support Russian aggression in Ukraine. These people are West-hating ultra-leftists with post-marxist idology made up of PC truisms. They are kissin’ cousins of terrorists NOT pacifists.

  21. Ed O'Meara

    You’re right to criticise STWC but to suggest that ‘pacifists’ are somehow responsible for the world’s problems is both depressing and hilarious! If we hadn’t gone into Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya we wouldn’t be dealing with a pervasive terror threat and a refugee crisis. There’s a difference between using military strategy wisely and rushing in without a plan. A difference to which the likes of you seem totally oblivious.

  22. Jordan Lyon

    I read ‘hyper-corrupt crony-capitalism, neo-fascism and imperialist aggression’ and thought you were talking about the US or the UK, seeing as it’s such an apt description.

  23. Visual

    Jeremy Corbyn should concentrate on holding the party together, and making sure that respect is accorded to the different perspectives in the broad church that it is – and that he has promised to serve.

  24. Free Speech

    But there is no attempt to end Isis genocide. If there were we wouldn’t be allied with the Saudis who have spawned no end of Jihadist groups and Turkey which has supported and supplied Isis throughout the past year, whilst attacking the main enemy on the ground of Isis, the Kurds. So get your facts right and stop spewing noxious propaganda.

    The UN is a gang of thieves. From the murder of Patrice Lumumba in Katanga to its non-role in the Rwandan genocide. Today the Chair of its Human Rights panel is none other than those wll known supporters of human rights, viz. the Saudi monarchy!! Throat cutters all.

    I’m no pacifist and I’d happily supply the Kurds with every weapon they want to destroy Isis. But it is the people of the region, not imperialists with ot her fish to fry who will defeat them.

    and here is a clue for the stupid Littlejohns of this world. isis are strong because a sectarian Shi’ite state in Iraq and the sectarianism of Assad’s regime has driven Sunnis into their arms. Bombing them will make no difference and even if successful, which it won’t be, there will arise another mutation of Isis.

  25. Ged Byrne

    There are many ways to ‘take action’ and only one of them is military. one of the easiest ways to stop a violent group, like ISIS (Daesh is the Anglicised version of the Arabic acronym, so why bother using it instead of ISIS or ISIL?) is to stop supporting and funding them and backing their backers!

    Turkey allows people to flood over the borders to join ISIS and their parallel groups.
    Turkey is attacking Kurds who are fighting them.
    Many are attacking Syria’s army who are fighting them.

  26. Ged Byrne

    STW? Not even sure who this is, unless you mean STWC?

    I don’t know or care what STW or STWC or any group says, I’ve read much of the Geneva Conventions and NATO’s own charter. If you would take a few moments of your time, you might do the same and learn something.

    As with the comment above about the ‘UN calling for action against Daesh’. It doesn’t mean you go in causing more mayhem.

    If one of your children hits another with a stick and hurts them, you comfort the hurt one and scold the other and try to ensure they get no more sticks! What you don’t do is back your car over them and add to the pain and suffering and violence.

  27. pyewacket

    I hope Caroline Lucas will come to realise that her own, and the Green Party’s, support of BDS against Israel is wrong headed too.

  28. Visual

    Indeed

  29. Overleaf

    Dimwitted whataboutary. You democracy haters are not very creative, are you.

  30. Jordan Lyon

    “Democracy”

  31. Yemach Shemo

    The UN call to action against DAESH was in 2015….

    The riding over borders with violent intent has been going on, in its current phase, since 2001.

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