WW archive > Issue 672 - 10 May 2007

Ten wasted years

Americanisation and resistance to it was the dominant theme in Blair's decade, argues Mike Macnair


Critical support; Scots unity; CNWP and democracy; Higher truth; Muddled; And again; Collapsed bridge; Spiked; Smug arrogance; Home truths; Election tactics

Mixed bag for the left

Respect did best out of the left organisations standing in the English local elections: it gained two new councillors, though it lost a sitting one. The Socialist Party also lost one of its six councillors. And the weird and wonderful Socialist Labour Party does not appear to know how its own candidates did. Tina Becker reports

CPB unity 'surge'

The Morning Star's Communist Party of Britain, by its own standards, adopted a relatively ambitious approach to the elections. It stood candidates on each of the five regional lists for the Welsh assembly and contested Glasgow Govan in the elections for the Scottish parliament, as well as standing for a number of council seats across the country. Lawrence Parker reports

Class-consciousness and the naked king

Russian communist Boris Kagarlitsky, founder of the Moscow-based Institute of Globalisation Studies, speaks to Mark Fischer about Yeltsin, Putin, the liberal opposition and the workers' movement

Election fiasco

Scottish Socialist Party and Campaign for a Marxist Party members Sandy McBurney and Matthew Jones give their view

Irish left must champion women's rights

On May 9 the Irish high court finally ruled that a 17-year-old woman, 'Miss D', may travel to Britain, where she will have her pregnancy terminated. The case has been one of the most inhumane and shocking episodes in the struggle for abortion rights in Ireland. Anne Mc Shane reports

Nationalism sinks left

Last week's Holyrood election results were a disaster for what passes for the left in Scotland. Both the Scottish Socialist Party and Solidarity failed dramatically. Jim Moody reports

No winners, many losers

The third elections to the Welsh national assembly on May 3 failed to generate any level of excitement amongst the people of Wales. This was hardly surprising, given that the campaigns of the four main parties indicated that there was little to separate them politically. Cameron Richards reports

Ten versus ten

Jack Conrad offers an alternative to the Socialist Party's method and its programme in the run-up to this Saturday's conference of the Campaign for a New Workers' Party

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