'Indies' meet - two views

The Socialist Alliance's so-called independents are by definition a motley bunch. Lacking a programme and having been burnt by one or another of the sects, they retreat into localism, invent bureaucratic solutions to political problems and forlornly play court to the SWP. But parties - real parties - are built top-down and often require fierce factional struggles. The SA indies should either struggle to form themselves into a solid grouping that can have a real, useful effect or the individuals concerned should look to developing organisational relations with one or another of the SA's pro-party factions. Certainly, as the two - very different - reports of their February 8 conference show, they are going nowhere fast as presently constituted

'Indies' meet - two views

The Socialist Alliance's so-called independents are by definition a motley bunch. Lacking a programme and having been burnt by one or another of the sects, they retreat into localism, invent bureaucratic solutions to political problems and forlornly play court to the SWP. But parties - real parties - are built top-down and often require fierce factional struggles. The SA indies should either struggle to form themselves into a solid grouping that can have a real, useful effect or the individuals concerned should look to developing organisational relations with one or another of the SA's pro-party factions. Certainly, as the two - very different - reports of their February 8 conference show, they are going nowhere fast as presently constituted

Make unity real

Steve Freeman has announced his intention to stand for chair of the Bedfordshire Socialist Alliance on behalf of the Democratic and Republican Platform. A fellow comrade from the RDG spoke to him

North Korea next target?

Serving the movement

Around the web: Stop the War Coalition

No trust in UN

Hidden alternative

No repeat of 1914

Origins of islam

For UK regime change

Main enemy is at home

Vote Socialist Alliance

Firefighter Syd Platt is the Socialist Alliance candidate in the February 20 council by-election in Haverstock ward in the London borough of Camden. Peter Manson spoke to him

Long expected move

Nation-state and feudal revolution

Patrick J Geary, 'The myth of nations: the medieval origins of Europe', Princeton, 2002, pp199, £13.71

Lack of ambition?

Christophe Aguiton is a leading comrade on the French mobilising committee. Like most of those from France participating in the ESF preparatory meetings, he is a member of the lobbying group Attac, as well as the Confédération Générale du Travail. He spoke to Tina Becker

Attac on efficient organisation

Anti-war retreat

Resist pull to right

Abolish the second chamber

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