Representation - crisis unresolved

As expected, the RMT's 'Crisis in working class representation' conference was almost entirely a gathering of the organised left, writes Peter Manson. The union bureaucracy has no intention of founding a new political party

The small hall in Friends Meeting House was packed to overflowing for the January 21 conference called by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers. Officially the hall holds 220 people, but every seat was taken and there must have been at least another 100 standing, with dozens unable to get in.

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Letters

Ban migrants; Offensive gays; SNP christian; Ban alcohol; Outrageous; Ban abortion; No respect; Left Economist; Pro-Chávez; False parallel; Class action; Venezuela

Tragedy, hoaxes and Zionism

Norman Finkelstein Beyond chutzpah: on the misuse of anti-semitism and the abuse of history Verso 2005, £16.99, pp332

Trouble on the beach

A month after race riots in Sydney, Marcus Ström points to a crisis in official multiculturalism in Australia

Making a difference?

Salma Yaqoob's politics have more to do with mainstream liberalism than with socialism, says Alan Fox

Victim of 'democracy'

SW Kenning comments on SWP paranioa and the witch-hunting of one of their own members

Authoritarian agenda

Anne Mc Shane comments on Tony Blair's latest anti-social crackdown

Class struggle in the house

Dave Craig assesses George Galloway's three weeks of 'reality' TV

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