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Socialist Worker Joins TUSC and Socialist Party to Stand Councillors Against Corbyn’s Labour.

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The Scorpion and the Frog: a Model Fable Taught in SWP Cadre schools.

Last September the SWP issued this statement,

The Socialist Workers Party congratulates Jeremy Corbyn on becoming Labour party leader.

His success is a clear sign of the feeling against austerity, racism and war. His victory is an utter rejection of the warmongering and veneration of big business that were the hallmarks of the Tony Blair eras.

We look forward to continuing to work with Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters against the disastrous Tory policies that threaten to destroy key public services, deepen poverty, whip up racism and plunge British armed forces into more imperialist wars.

SWP national secretary Charlie Kimber said, “Jeremy Corbyn’s victory is a boost to everyone who hates austerity and racism. It comes as tens of thousands of people across Britain are marching to say ‘Refugees are welcome’. Jeremy Corbyn’s rallies have seen large and enthusiastic audiences come to cheer a socialist message. Those people must become a movement in the streets and the workplaces that can block and then remove this Tory government.”

Careful observers will have noticed the sting in the tail, “we need a movement independent of Labour.”

The SWP’s Charlie Kimber’ writes today in Socialist Worker on the faults of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

It he has not called on people to demonstrate—probably because he does not want to upset the pessimistic and timid steel unions.

A Corbyn-backed call for protests in Port Talbot and Scunthorpe could have put tens of thousands on the streets.

It could have given confidence to steel workers to launch militant resistance.

Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have called for some sort of temporary steel nationalisation.

But their vision is to nurture the plants back to health and speedily hand them back to private firms—with all that means for jobs and pay.

Labour will not come out in support of the junior doctors’ strikes.

John McDonnell does as an individual, and attended picket lines. But Labour’s official position is just to criticise the Tories, regret the events that have led to strikes and demand proper negotiations.

Constrained by the opposition of Labour MPs, and anxious to preserve “party unity”, Corbyn makes concessions to the right. Corbyn and McDonnell did not call for people to take to the streets last weekend when Cameron faced calls to resign.

Kimber sagely notes,

Our main task is to build resistance alongside Corbyn supporters, whether they’re in the Labour Party or not. At the same time we have to debate how Labour won’t be able to challenge austerity, racism and capitalism effectively.

To point out effectively the errors of their ways and to further build ‘resistance’ alongside Labour Party Corbyn  people and other members an important method is to stand candidates against the party in the May  local elections.

The left alternative to Labour is small. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), which the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) supports, will be running some 300 candidates in the councils.

They will show up the faultlines in Labour’ politics,

It wants to highlight the need to fight the Tory cuts and Labour’s failure to do so..

The SWP will not stand against anybody who agrees with their  political line.

Care has been taken to avoid standing against any councillor who is pledged to vote against all cuts or supports Corbyn.

But they warn to be on guard against backsliding:

Of course, deciding not to stand against a candidate doesn’t mean being responsible for what they do in the future.

There follows some kindly advice to Labour’s mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan.

Oddly they do not back the SWP’s former best friend, George Galloway. Instead they call for a vote for Khan.


Written by Andrew Coates

April 12, 2016 at 11:06 am

8 Responses

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  1. Study the rate stop the rate capping/don’t abolish the tlc campaigns of the 1980s for the limits of the ex-briefing brigade’s politics.

    Sue r

    April 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm


    Their stupidity is only surpassed by those who will vote for them (paraphrase Gil Scott-Heron)

    Boleyn Ali

    April 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  3. The campaign to set ‘people’s budgets’ which will then be rejected and the Council taken over by administrative officers is simply not going to happen.

    Andrew Coates

    April 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  4. Good piece Andrew, yet so predictable, we have a once in a lifetime (mine) chance to achieve something worth while, and these people expect Corbyn LP to dot every one of their political I’s. Politics by numbers for political morons, Galloway with his campaign for London Mayor is at the same game. Given the opportunity which has opened up these people are part of problem not solution.

    Mick Hall

    April 13, 2016 at 11:47 am

  5. They have little hold on what’s developed since the Corbyn election and they are basically trying to set out markers to defend their organisations’ existence.

    Anybody can make the same political points within the Labour Party (on council budgets to the rest) and there is no reason for them to pretend that their strategy is based not on such political disagreements but on the belief that they are proto-revolutionary parties waiting to spring to life when the time is right.

    Andrew Coates

    April 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm

  6. Left-wing faction in row with Labour leader over Portsmouth local elections

    “Cllr Ferrett said: ‘Tusc, in only running one candidate, shows its weakness in that many former Tusc members have now joined the Labour Party.

    ‘It’s a gesture Tusc is making, but it is a futile gesture.

    ‘But I understand why it is making it, because I am not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn.

    ‘But I am in a position where I am supporting what Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have said in that candidates must agree to the setting of legal budgets.

    ‘Yet Tusc is running a candidate against that, so it’s very confusing.’

    He added: ‘Tusc is no friend of the Labour Party – it’s the enemy of the party.’”

  7. As anti-European Union and supporters of Brexit, TUSC are even more isolated, and left to bray in the sectarian wilderness, with this announcement today:

    Unison becomes latest major union to campaign for Britain to stay in the EU

    “The country’s three biggest unions – Unison, Unite and GMB – have announced they will campaign for remain.”

    “Almost four in five (78%) Unison branches wanted the union to take a stance in the EU referendum, and of these 95% wanted their union to campaign for the UK to stay in Europe.”


    Andrew Coates

    April 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

  8. ..i thought this was going to b funny..r you really stalinist? cotasy

    Anna Potrykus

    July 18, 2016 at 7:34 pm

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