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What’s bad for capitalists may not be not good for us

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Dan Katz

Solidarity has not been slow to ridicule the SWP and Socialist Party and their daft position to campaign with the right-wing of the Tory Party and UKIP for a vote to leave the EU. Imagine their members in a union meeting, putting their position. Their “left” words against the “EU capitalist project” will give cover to the most backward and xenophobic views in the labour movement. Anyone who wants tighter immigration rules or who is prejudiced against Eastern Europeans will be supporting this position.

Yes, the EU is capitalist. Yes, we know the capitalists want cheap labour. But we, the internationalist left, have a profound interest in a reduction of nationalist antagonisms, too. It makes working-class cooperation and solidarity easier. The capitalists are creating better conditions for us to do our work against them. Attempting to undo everything capitalism has done is a utopian and reactionary project.

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Kick out the Blairites?

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Sacha Ismail

On the 9 April demonstration against library closures in Lambeth on 9 April, the Socialist Party had placards saying “Kick out the Blairites”. This is a classic example of a slogan being a dishonest, pseudo-militant self-advertising.

On the 9 April demonstration against library closures in Lambeth on 9 April, the Socialist Party had placards saying “Kick out the Blairites”. This is a classic example of a slogan being a dishonest, pseudo-militant self-advertising.

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Vote UKIP, get Corbyn?

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A London teacher

I have been on the far left for over thirty years, and I've seen and heard some pretty strange things.

I have watched women members of a revolutionary socialist group join the back of a segregated Muslim march against Israel. I've argued with left-wing British trade unionists who backed the jailing of independent trade unionists in the old USSR. I've seen socialists carry "We are Hizbollah" placards, and listened to leftists who refused to condemn 9/11.

The current left belief that Brexit is a blow against EU racism and will lead to a left shift in British politics is right up there in the Premier League of unreason.

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SNP goes back on promise to scrap Council Tax

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Dale Street

The SNP ditched another of its previous manifesto commitments — big time — when it announced plans to reform the Council Tax system in Scotland last week.

For well over a decade the SNP has promised to scrap Council Tax. In 2003, the current SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: “There is no doubt that the SNP’s proposal to scrap the Council Tax in favour of a fair local income tax is hugely popular with voters.”

In 2004, the current SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “Every vote for the SNP in the European election will be a vote to axe the Council Tax.”

The SNP is pressing ahead with another Tory policy: austerity. The combined impact of a £500 millions cut in local authority funding by Holyrood and the financial straitjacket imposed on local authorities by the Council Tax freeze could see 15,000 local authority jobs axed and the decimation of council and voluntary sector services.

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The left case for Brexit: illogical and dangerous

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Dan Katz

If you wanted to make a case that much of the British far left is irredeemably stupid, you don’t have to look further than the Socialist Party’s and Socialist Workers Party’s policies on Europe.

If you wanted to make a case that much of the British far left is irredeemably stupid, you don’t have to look further than the Socialist Party’s and Socialist Workers Party’s policies on Europe.

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The Socialist Party returns?

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Phil Grimm

The Socialist Party is in a bit of a pickle.

In 1991, most of what had been the Militant tendency left the Labour Party, reconstituting itself firstly as Militant Labour and then as the Socialist Party (SP). And to justify their exit, they argued that the party had changed fundamentally, transforming from what Lenin called a “bourgeois workers’ party” (which socialists should try to intervene in) into a straightforward “bourgeois party”.

The Socialist Party is in a bit of a pickle.

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Join Labour? No, vie with UKIP

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Colin Foster

The TUSC electoral coalition, mainly organised by the Socialist Party, will continue to stand candidates against Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

A member of the Labour Representation Committee (a Labour left group) reports: “It was confirmed to us that TUSC would be standing candidates... in the coming local elections in May 2016. They also said they would oppose trade unions re-affiliating to the Labour Party, and were against re-joining the Labour Party”.

The Socialist Party’s line is that TUSC should contest council seats, wherever they are able, unless the Labour candidate commits to oppose all cuts. The SP is right to oppose all cuts, but instead of working with others on the left — and mainly, now, within the new Corbyn Labour Party — to assemble an effective force against cuts, they use the “oppose all cuts” formula as a sect badge.

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Socialist Party: “Sell” out over the EU

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Elliott Robinson

The Socialist Party’s political lines are coming apart at the seams and over Europe it is becoming less and less coherent.

The Socialist Party continues with its 45 year-long adaptation to Stalinism and nationalism by advocating the British state withdraw from the European Union in the forthcoming referendum.

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TUSC disorientated over Corbyn

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Cathy Nugent

When the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) met on Saturday 26 September, the hot topic for discussion was how socialists should respond to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party.

When the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) met on Saturday 26 September, the hot topic for discussion was how socialists should respond to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party.

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