Hackney CP wins support

“AT BEST, the current campaign that is coming together in support of retaining Labour’s clause four is a diversion. It distracts the attention of socialists from the task of building a party that can really take on the Tories and their capitalist system. At worst, it is positively dangerous, as it spreads the illusion that the Labour Party - of all things - can actually be that party.”

This was how Mark Fischer controversially introduced Hackney Communist Party’s ‘debate’ on clause four on February 16 - a meeting originally scheduled to feature Diane Abbott MP for the ‘defence’. Ms Abbott however - after confirming her attendance in writing - pulled out just before the day and offered no replacement.

Nevertheless, the meeting was a success for the branch, with thirty five people - new and old faces included - attending. Two new supporters signed up on the night and many others expressed interest and sympathy.        The branch will shortly be producing a full new programme of public meetings, branch educationals and activities. Watch this space for details.

Andy Hannah

Branch secretary