Wanking While You Work, Debate Shakes Left Unity.
Key Debate that’s Come out of the Closet.
The class struggle hots up.
TUSC has a general election broadcast and the Republican Socialist Campaign for Merrie England in Bermondsey and Old Southwark, looks set to go well into a double figure vote.
The Communist League (aligned to the US paper The Militant) is also mounting a serious challenge in Manchester Central (parliamentary election), Tirsén (Bradford ward) and Andrés Mendoza (Moston ward) standing for election to Manchester City Council for the May 7 elections. In London, engineering worker and historic ‘éminence grise” of the International Marxist Group Jonathan Silberman is the Communist League candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington.
The CL is gaining support for its internationalism. As a doorstep exchange shows, “For us, it’s about everyone having access to the care they need,” Davies responded. “These are the values you see in Cuba, because workers and farmers took power there in 1959.
The Workers Revolutionary Party is putting up a courageous fight, in amongst other places, the Coatesite Heimat, Hornsey & Wood Green, with comrade Frank Sweeney as a promising candidate.
As they point out, “We are part of the World Party of Socialist Revolution, the International Committee of the Fourth International, with sections around the world. We base ourselves on Marxist theory developed by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky as a guide to the practice of building the Fourth International.”
These are just some who make up a record number of candidates to the left of Labour – says Phil, On the Far Left’s General Election Campaign.
Socialist Worker comments, ““We are building a serious network for the battles ahead. But this raises questions about where we go next—and the possibility of a more united left.”
This has inspired deep strategic thinking.
As an example we can cite the following:
We learn that here’s a Left Unity Facebook thread on whether you have a “right” to masturbate at work, or, if in intersectional terms, if taking your turn at the self-service station is held back/reinforced by/against/through gender and class hierarchies, not to mention the construction of discursive oppressions and narratives.
Discussion first began inside the National Union of Students (see notice above), following concerns amongst student youth.
Details are slow to come, but apparently this is the major issue that’s tossing the British left into a whole new ball game.
More, doubtless, to follow, in the pages of the indispensable Weekly Worker.
Written by Andrew Coates
April 18, 2015 at 11:59 am
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