WW archiveIssue 800
14 January 2010
Accentuate the positive
At last the establishment of a left unity electoral coalition has been confirmed by the highly secretive 'core group'. But, asks Mike Macnair, is this unity built on sand?
The name of the newly confirmed leftwing alliance to contest the election is ‘Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’ (Tusc) and a provisional programme has been issued. This resulted from secret talks between the Socialist Party in England and Wales, the Morning Star’s Communist Party of Britain, the RMT union, Tommy Sheridan’s Solidarity, the Alliance for Green Socialism and Indian Workers Association.
Pro-nuclear; Decline; Gotha; Contempt; Free speech
Robbie Rix explains why we need to raise our monthly target
Dave Vincent reports on the re-election of Mark Serwotka as general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union
Could Karl Kautsky - the 'pope' turned 'renegade' of orthodox Marxism - have influenced Vladimir Ilych's 'April theses'? Here we print a Karl Kautsky article from April 1917, translated into English for the first time by Ben Lewis. It is introduced by Lars T Lih, a historian based in Canada, who has been at the forefront of re-examining the complex relationship between these two widely misunderstood figures of the 20th century workers' movement
Tony Greenstein looks at the obstacles placed in the way of the pro-Gaza mobilisations by Egypt and Hamas
Arthur Bough replies to Mike Macnair on the nature and prospects of contemporary capitalism
As this paper attains another milestone, Mark Fischer looks at its prospects and changing relationship with the internet
Peter Manson reports on an overwhelming victory for Martin Smith and the central committee
Dave Douglass reviews John Charlton's 'Don't you hear the H bombs thunder? Youth and politics on Tyneside in the late 50s and early 60s' (Merlin, 2009, pp202, £14.95)
More than corruption revealed in Northern Ireland, writes James Turley
The attempt by the two wings of the Iranian regime to shelve their differences is unlikely to defuse the mass movement, writes Yassamine Mather
By Karl Kautsky
Mike Belbin reviews James Cameron's new blockbuster 'Avatar'