Many questions, no answers

Last weekend saw the SWP attempt to win union militants to Respect. Alan Stevens reports on the Organising for Fighting Unions conference

Everyone can see that there is a crisis of political representation for the working class, but the left is all over the place on how to solve it. The Socialist Workers Party's convening (through its Respect front) of the November 11 'Organising for Fighting Unions' conference was therefore a welcome initiative - or at least it seemed so in relation to the way it was promoted: as "a forum for debate" on how to achieve political representation and "how to organise for fighting unions".

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Letters

Madness; No policies?; Don’t vote Labour; No to globalism; Open Zionist; Pogrom; Emboldened BNP; Degenerate; Distorted; Positive

PCSU left split

Lee Rock, national secretary of the PCSU Socialist Caucus, explains the split in the Left Unity group

What happens next?

Public and Commercial Services Union militant Tony Wood gives his view of the conference

Programmatic masks and transitional fleas

Is Leon Trotsky's Transitional programme the last word when it comes to the Marxist programme? Or does it represent regression in Marxist terms? Jack Conrad argues against Trotskyite economism

Another Marxism is possible

Richard Price responds to Mike Macnair's critique of 100 years of Labour

BNP acquittal heralds fresh attack on rights

Communists reject giving the state more powers to restrict free speech, says Jim Moody

Absolutely insane

Simon Wells reviews Helen Caldicott's book Nuclear power is not the answer, New Press, 2006, pp221, £13.99

Breakaway deeply divided from birth

Peter Manson reports on the uneasy alliances within Tommy Sheridan's new party Solidarity

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