Marathon effort

Howard Roak is in a much better mood this week, as our annual fundraising drive has its best seven days so far

It has been an excellent week for our fund campaign. Our total has now come within sniffing distance of the £20,000 mark. Some £3,342 of new money came in, taking us to £17,388, as these lines are written. With beneficial financial effects still expected from demos, mailings and party businesses in the remaining 10 days of this year's campaign, I am confident that we can still make significant inroads into the remaining £12k or so of our £30,000 overall target. Every pound we claw in takes some of the financial pressure off us for the rest of the year, comrades - so get mean in the last few days of this year's SO!

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Letters

Systemic failure; Think again; Expelled; Badge of honour; Right to refuse; Majority position; No challenge; Union turn

What sort of 'Marxist party'?

A new formation must avoid from the start all the failings of the Trotskyist sects, writes Mike Macnair

Fight for two states, fight for Arab unity

A 'secular, democratic Palestine' has suddenly made a reappearance in Socialist Worker, writes Peter Manson. But it turns out that what is envisaged will be neither democratic nor secular

The science of solidarity

Chris Knight of the Radical Anthropology Group looks at the 'selfish gene' revolution - and draws some rather different conclusions from moralistic liberals

Not oppressed but a joint oppressor

Was Scotland subject to a takeover by England in 1707? Does Scotland suffer from English cultural imperialism? Jack Conrad questions some more left nationalist myths and assumptions

Hands off Lebanon, no war on Iran

Israel's assault is part of broader US war aims, says Eddie Ford

Keeping silent over 'offensive' film

Huw Bynon reports on the protests surrounding the film version of Monica Ali's novel Brick Lane - and wonders why Respect and the Socialist Workers Party will not comment

Marathon effort

Howard Roak is in a much better mood this week, as our annual fundraising drive has its best seven days so far

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