Machover Labour expulsion – it’s all a bit Orwellian
Free thinker lives in Queen's Park
13 October, 2017 — By The Xtra Diary
MOSHE Machover, an eminent emeritus professor in the mysterious laws governing mathematics and logic at King’s College, London, has upset the powers-that-be in the Labour Party who have suddenly expelled him.
He got his P45 in a letter last week from a Labour official called Sam Matthews, described as Head of Disputes. All very Orwellian.
He spoke to Diary’s colleague John Gulliver on Wednesday afternoon from his Queen’s Park home and discovered their paths had crossed in the past.
They both knew Leopold Trepper, head of the anti-Nazi espionage group in Europe, called the Red Orchestra; Machover in the late 1950s and Gulliver a few years later.
Professor Machover met Trepper while completing his PhD in Warsaw.
Gulliver stayed in Trepper’s flat, and later helped a campaign to persuade the Polish government to allow him to settle in Israel.
A free-thinking man of the left, Professor Machover, 81, a member of the Hampstead & Kilburn Labour Party, laughed when he said that this is his third expulsion from left parties – the other two were in Israel in the 1950s and 1960s.
He upset Labour because he wrote an article on anti-Semitism and Zionism for the Weekly Worker which was republished as a four-page newspaper at the party’s Brighton conference.
He is accused of writing for a proscribed organisation. But is it that? Or because criticising Zionism is seen as the same as being an anti-Semite.
Now, dozens of Labour Party branches, including two in Camden and St George’s in Islington, have passed resolutions demanding he be reinstated.