Democracy not 'justice'

Do Salma Yaqoob's and George Monbiot's 'Principles of unity' provide a solid basis for a common political programme? Mike Macnair thinks not

George Monbiot and Salma Yaqoob have circulated for discussion and comment a draft document entitled ‘Principles of unity: our common ground” (from now on I will call this document ‘the M-Y platform’). Though the M-Y platform contains a number of perfectly acceptable specific proposals (as well as some communists would reject), the principles it proposes are precisely not common ground among the British left. However, several left organisations and many leftists will probably not grasp why the principles of the M-Y platform are profoundly opposed to their fundamental aspirations.

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Solidarity watchword

Unison's action was called to coincide with the London postal workers' one-day strike in support of their claim for a London weighting allowance of £4,000 per annum. John Keys reports

'Zionist' AWL in turmoil

Ian Donovan comments on the internal fight in the Alliance for Workers' Liberty: over the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Iraq war and the politics of the Middle East in general

Around the web

Long march skyward: Phil Hamilton looks at websites related to China's space adventures

US eyes turn east

The successful launch and return to earth of Shenzhou 5, China's first manned spacecraft, on October 14-15, could well turn out to be highly significant. Kit Robinson comments

Control-freakery provokes 'rival' bid

Tina Becker has the latest news from the European Social Forum

A 'credible' alternative?

The SWP's majority bloc has no confidence that socialism can win a mass audience, says Mark Fischer

Socialism 2003: Tensions rise to surface

Over the weekend of October 18-19 at Glasgow Caledonian University the Scottish Socialist Party held its fourth annual school. Sarah McDonald was there

Scottish Socialist Party: Dilemmas of separatism

The debate on Scottish independence at Socialism 2003 brought into sharp focus a number of issues that will be crucial for the progress of the Scottish Socialist Party over the next period. Nick Rogers reports

Party notes

Jack Conrad takes a closer look at the new Peace and justice campaign

London weighting dead end

Alan Stevens reports about Unison's long-running, stop and go London weighting dispute

Why SWP boycotts local social forums

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