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The re-elect Labour on a Socialist Platform Parliamentary cretins have long abandoned the Red Flag of Revolution for the White Flag of Reformism and have almost destroyed our movement.
Prepare for November 5th 2013 Day of Direct Action for a Bonfire of all Con- Dem Government Vanities.
From Peoples Assembly to People’s War is our call the days of Reformism and Revisionism are over.
“Build an Anti-Capitalist Alternative.”
PS: this does not appear to be a conscious spoof.
Hat-tip to the Father of the Faris.
Building Unite the Resistance to Expose the Left Misleaders.
The SWP has responded….
Charlie Kimber and Alex Callinicos.
The article begins, “For almost a year the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) has been seized by deep division. It has not stopped us acting as a revolutionary organisation. We have had successes and recruited hundreds of new members. The trade union conferences saw some of the biggest party fringe meetings ever and near-record sales of Socialist Worker.”
I continue for the many (very many) who have stopped at this point and skip to the next paragraph.
“But none of that is to underestimate the shock we have suffered or the damage inflicted, as hundreds of members resigned from the SWP.”
For those interested in a serious in-depth discussion on the “specific issues that sparked this process” read (while you can) the just published Alex Callinicos, Charlie Kimber and the investigation of rape. (Hat-Tip AC).
The present piece will concentrate on what lies behind what the Author of the article summarises as,
The strategy behind Callinicos and Kimber’s piece is to blame everyone but themselves for the crisis in the SWP: Michael Rosen, Lindsey German, John Rees, George Galloway, John McDonell, Jeremy Corbyn and many others get criticised by name for their failures of revolutionary nerve.
Amongst the gems we have this, ” Respect was too small and too narrow. The International Socialist Network is at fault. They note the “disgraceful attacks that Seymour and his ilk were making on the rest of the party.” Their former comrades German and Rees, “Counterfire has become little more than decorative coverage for the efforts by Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, to rebuild the Labour left.”
The SWP’s present analysis will no doubt please Len McClusky, and Counterfire, leading forces in the People’s Assembly,
a rank and file to the left of the union leaders does still exist, although not as an organised movement. It was reflected in the 36 percent of the vote won by Jerry Hicks in the Unite general secretary election against Len McCluskey, one of the most left wing leaders. It was seen in the votes at the trade union conferences this year where a substantial minority of a third or more wanted to go much further than the union leaders proposed. It made itself felt in the warm reception at the local and national People’s Assemblies for criticism of the trade union and Labour leaders’ lack of action.
This is the primary layer that Unite the Resistance seeks to pull together and organise into more solid networks of solidarity and political understanding.
In other words the SWP, through its front organisation, Unite the Resistance, intends to use the People’s Assembly’s meetings as pools from which to build their own organisation.
Expect “criticisms” (we are only too familiar with how they are delivered) of “trade unions” and Labour” leaders at every People’s Assembly event.
But then, naturally, “Ultra-left sectarians never have any problem about denouncing trade union bureaucrats such as McCluskey. But, by counterposing abstract programmes to living movements, they ensure there is no interaction between them and activists influenced by reformism but open to the arguments of revolutionaries.”
Is the SWP’s way?
A successful party must seek to chart a clear way forward, and to develop alternatives to capitalist explanations of the world, but crucially it must also raise the level of confidence and struggle by the working class. Ultimately a revolutionary party is about providing the leadership that can enable the working class to conquer state power-in its own country and internationally.
We will be interested to see what “living movement” can be resurrected from the SWP, ready to “conquer state power”.
And how their front organisation’s actions will raise anybody’s ”confidence” apart from their own.
I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream. That’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor . . . and surviving.
The councillors, who were elected to Bradford council last May following Galloway’s historic byelection win in March that year, say they may quit Respect and work as independents after hearing in the media that the 58-year-old’s ambitions apparently lie in the capital, rather than West Yorkshire.
Galloway’s response on Tuesday to the criticism was to suspend two councillors for disloyalty and accuse all five of “conspiring to seize executive power”. Guardian.
Hat-tip to Liam.
Galloway replies (we have cut to the essential in a long, some might say, rambling, text).,
Karmani and the other councillors were all elected just five weeks after my by-election win in the city. None had ever been elected to anything before, none but Karmani was a legend outside his own street.
All were elected with a description on their ballot paper saying thus; The Respect Party (George Galloway). It can scarcely be doubted that they were elected on my coat tails. But that didn’t stop them stabbing me in the back. And almost as soon as the ink was dry on their party membership cards.
The proximate cause of this latest brouhaha however is about something much more prosaic. A ticket to contest a council seat in the forthcoming local elections next May.
If I had succumbed to the political blackmail of giving (I am the Respect Party’s Nominating Officer) the nomination for the Manningham Ward in Bradford West to a man these councillors demanded I should, then the Guardian piece would never have been written and neither would this response.
But I refused to do so. The man they wanted is an inconsequential obscurity except in this regard. At the time of my by-election victory he wasn’t even a member of Respect. He did absolutely nothing in my campaign. He waited until we won to join us. Unlike the nominee I did choose, who was, my chief by-election organiser.
Naturally, I have all the paper-work to prove this.
It is never wise to give in to blackmail. As Detective Inspector Khan might well have told us if he hadn’t been in the dock today, blackmailers always come back for more.
We must all hope Galloway is well.
“I’m a little man, I’m a little man, he’s, he’s a great man. I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas” …
Last week Gilbert Achcar noted the creation of a Tunisian version of the Egyptian “ Tamarod ( rebellion) movement that led to the overthrow of President Morsi.
The Guardian reported on Tuesday,
Tunisia shows a different way forward for democratic Islamists. The Islamist Ennahda party, elected in Tunisia after the first revolution of the Arab spring, has also publicly opposed the Egyptian coup. But despite the similarity between Tunisia and Egypt, the coup is less threatening in Tunis than in Ankara. Some of Ennahda’s opponents have formed atamarod (rebel) campaign in imitation of Egypt’s, but have had limited success.
Unlike Morsi, Ennahda has not attempted to use a narrow poll victory to implement an aggressively partisan agenda, instead governing in coalition with two centre-left secular parties, Ettakatol and theCongress for the Republic. The relative success of Ennahda, despite potentially divisive disagreements over the place of Islam in the constitution, shows the value of this inclusive approach.
Tunisia Live now reports this,
Radio station Mosaique FM reported that the General Prosecutor declared Wednesday an open investigation of any person calling for the dissolution of the Tunisian government.
Ministry of Justice spokesman Adel Riahi told Tunisia Live that the government is still waiting for an official statement on the matter from the General Prosecutor’s office. He could neither confirm or deny the news.
An investigation would implicate many public figures, notably Taher Ben Hassine, the owner of the El-Hiwar Ettounssi TV station according to Mosaique.
Other individuals that could be targeted by the investigation include the organizers of the Tamarod Tunisia campaign. This campaign surfaced in Tunisia after the Egyptian Tamarod movement was able to mobilize large numbers of protesters calling for the overthrow of President Morsi. The Tunisian Tamarod was started by a group of young activists earlier this month calling for the immediate dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA).
We learn today from Tunisia Live that,
The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) is set to select the members of the country’s election oversight board today, which will begin preparations for new polls immediately, despite the fact that the assembly has still not approved a draft constitution. -
Now if these elections take place in the context of the already cited “investigation” we wonder how free they will be.
Leave aside the aggressively pro-free market policies of the Islamists and a host of attacks on workers, feminists and intellectuals the issue remains: will the Islamists operate democratically?
Determined to back the Islamist-led government the value of the Guardian as a source of serious news about Tunisia was always questionable.
If there is a clamp down we can be sure what side they will side with.