Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA): 2nd National Conference.
The psychodrama of the SWP (we still do not know what the Central Committee decided on launching a purge last Sunday) continues.
It is a relief to look at the political activity of a serious left party, the French Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA).
The NPA held its 2nd National conference last weekend.
After substantial groups of NPA supporters have left the party to join the Front de gauche (FdG), they stand at 2 , 500 members (at one point a few years back, they had nearly reached 10,000). *
After the conference Alain Krivine said,
“”Il y a une volonté d’arriver à une recomposition et d’en finir avec les tendances”,
That there is a will to re-align inside the party, and to end the NPA’s divisions into tendencies.
This remains to be seen.
Party members had voted in advance for the different (4) motions that were debated at the Congress.
55% backed the motion “une orientation pour agir” which won with 51% of the vote. Sandra Demarcq, spokesperson for the tendency said that they intended to “get the NPA moving” against the present – Socialist-led – government and its politics of austerity. To achieve that aim the NPA intended to speak to all organisations which do not support the government, including the Front de gauche, with a view to joint action. On one issue their position, however, remains unchanged. “We are not going to fuse with the FdG, because we have important differences. But the NPA on its own won’t win” (“On ne va pas proposer de fusion avec le FG car il y a des désaccords importants, mais le NPA seul n’y arrivera pas”)
The FdG had to recognise the need for a real left-wing opposition to Prime Minister Ayrault’s Cabinet.
The platform, “Quelle politique d’interpellation du FG“, from the “courant révolutionnaire” won 32% of the vote. Gaël Quirante, from the tendency asked exactly how the NPA was going to approach the FdG.
On what to do for the 2014 municipal and European elections – that is, if alliances with other left groups would be possible – this was left to an enlarged ‘conseil politique national’ (national political council) to decide.
Libération has commented on the “hangover” facing the NPA , after its electoral failure, the split off by many of its tendencies, its leadership crisis and its isolation.
Le Monde cites the former NPA stalwart, and FdG supporter, Pierre-François Grond, “ “Ce congrès, c’est la confirmation de l’échec du projet fondateur du NPA”, This conference confirms the set back faced by the founding project of the NPA.
It would seem that when the largest opposition group in the NPA, the “revolutionary” current, calls for a ‘unity’ from below (“Quelle politique d’interpellation du Front de gauche ? Par en haut ou par les luttes ?”, ignoring the FdG’s ‘leaderships’. Support for this ‘united front from below indicates that the party’s difficulties are far from over.
*Note: “A sa création en 2009, le NPA comptait 9.000 adhérents. C’était deux anaprès qu’Olivier Besancenot eut atteint 4% à l’élection présidentielle. Ilsont aujourd’hui 2.500.”