Party & Programme

End the cycle of splits

24 May 2012

If the left is to build a serious political organisation it will have to facilitate internal dissent, writes Mike Macnair. And that will require both majorities and minorities to act responsibly

Petrol protests: Jacobin rage

14 Sep 2000

New Labour confronts its gravest crisis. There can be no doubting the seriousness of the situation triggered by the current wave of protests. Not only have petrol pumps run dry, but the government has assumed emergency powers to ensure deliveries of fuel...

Theoretically disabled polemic

14 Sep 2000

Peter Taaffe Cuba - socialism and democracy CWI Publications, London 2000, pp124, £4.99

LSA reports

14 Sep 2000

Tactical debates

SWP: London model 'a mistake'

07 Sep 2000

Neither London nor Coventry, but Greater Manchester. This might have been the motto of the annual general meeting, on September 2, of the Greater Manchester Socialist Alliance. A new structure, for the period leading up to the next parliamentary general election, was adopted by the 70-strong gathering. This consists of a steering committee comprising five officers and five other members, wholly elected by the AGM, which reports to and is accountable to monthly general membership meetings of the regional GMSA. There are, as yet, no locally based SAs within the Greater Manchester region.

Against Taaffe

07 Sep 2000

A split between the Scottish Socialist Party and the Socialist Party in England and Wales has long been on the cards. Peter Taaffe already has his own preferred faction in Dundee around Phil Stott. But recently the Sheridan-McCombes-Curran SSP majority has gone on the offensive, in particular by highlighting the extremely backward, not to say back-stabbing, role of SPEW in the London Socialist Alliance. As can be seen from Frances Curran's article taken from May's Committee for Workers International Members Bulletin, written on behalf of the political committee in Scotland, Taaffe is on very weak ground. His executive committee's reply feebly claimed that her article "seems to have" been based "on reports of other hostile organisations", above all the Weekly Worker, which purportedly publishes "malicious fantasy from beginning to end"

Connolly versus Maclean

07 Sep 2000

LSA: different approaches aired

07 Sep 2000

Tied vote: CPGB's indirect and inclusive democracy; SWP's direct elections

All-UK challenge

15 Jun 2000

Planting the flag

15 Jun 2000

Working class fighter takes on New Labour Weyman Bennett is our London Socialist Alliance candidate for Tottenham in the June 22 parliamentary by-election. Peter Manson spoke to him

Vote LSA - vote Bennett

15 Jun 2000

Rally success Tottenham by-election June 22

Zimbabwe and socialism

15 Jun 2000

Internationalist or transnationalist? Andrew Cutting responds to Ian Donovan's criticism

Analysis needed

15 Jun 2000

A member of the Socialist Workers Party, writing on the International Socialist tendency opposition internet list, bemoans the absence of democratic discussion

Going, going, gone ... green

15 Jun 2000

Two mavericks continue their attempts to undermine the fight to forge a united working class challenge to Blair, based on the success of the London Socialist Alliance. Peter Tatchell wants the LSA to subordinate itself to the Green Party, while Nick Long, the Socialist Party's main ally in its anti-LSA obstructionism in Lewisham and Greenwich, now places himself outside the socialist alliance camp. We publish their separate statements Reds and greens

Eastern electoralism?

15 Jun 2000

For democratic centralism

23 Mar 2000

Harry Paterson, member of Peter Taaffe's Socialist Party in England and Wales, calls for real democracy and revolutionary centralism

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