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TUSC: “Immigration is not central”

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Sacha Ismail

Shortly before the general election, South London Workers' Liberty held a public debate with representatives of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) and the Green Party.

Andrea Carey, a member of Green Left, and Paul Callanan, who is an organiser for TUSC and for the Socialist Party, debated our comrade Jill Mountford, who was also speaking for the Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory.

Shortly before the general election, we debated representatives of the Green Party - and the "Trade Union and Socialist Coalition" led by the Socialist Party.

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Unite and a new Popular Front

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Jim Denham

“ … The [Labour] party’s leaders in parliament know that if they were to lose Unite, there could be an English Syriza formed with more resources and dynamism than the party it would replace”, Counterfire

It hasn’t been widely publicised, but for the last couple of years Unite leader Len McCluskey has been saying that in the event of Labour losing the general election, Unite would seriously consider disaffiliating from the party.

It hasn’t been widely publicised, but for the last couple of years Unite leader Len McCluskey has been saying that in the event of Labour losing the general election, Unite would seriously consider disaffiliating from the party.

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We need to rebuild from the bottom up

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Edd Mustill

Did I “become” a socialist? I suppose I must have done. Even those of us who in a different time and place might have been dubbed “red diaper babies,” born to socialist parents, must at some point make a conscious series of decisions, which lead us to join the world’s greatest, and most consistently defeated, political movement.

Whatever recomposition of the class, of parties, and of unions takes place, the ideas of working-class socialism remain the great hope for the liberation of humanity.

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Is Tower Hamlets really an Establishment conspiracy?

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Sacha Ismail

None of the socialist organisations politically defending ousted Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman seriously analyse the judgement made against him by election commissioner Richard Mawrey. None mention George Galloway previously hailing a judgement by Mawrey (against the Labour Party and in favour of Galloway’s Respect) in 2007 — in a speech republished in full on the Socialist Worker website!

Socialists have no confidence in bourgeois judges, but the idea that the election commissioner who removed Tower Hamlets mayor Luftur Rahman is a ruling-class assassin or bug-eyed Islamophobe is absurd.

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A socialist voice in the General Election

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New anti-union laws which would effectively ban large strikes in public services by requiring impossibly high ballot votes for them. A drive to abolish union check-off and facility time. 153 new free schools.

About £50 billion further cuts in the next five years, including £21 billion welfare cuts (according to analysis by the conservative Institute for Fiscal Studies).

A renewed pledge to cut immigration, and maybe, by referendum, to tip Britain out of the European Union and end free movement of people between Europe and Britain.

If, after all they’ve done since 2010, the Tories win in May 2015, they will take it as a mandate for even more uninhibited spite.

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A response to John McInally and the Socialist Party

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Charlie McDonald

In a bizarre article published on the Socialist Party website, the vice-president of the civil service union PCS, and leading SP member, John McInally, has attacked the record of Workers’ Liberty within the PCS and the wider labour movement.

In a bizarre article published on the Socialist Party website, the vice-president of the civil service union PCS, and leading SP member, John McInally, has attacked the record of Workers’ Liberty within PCS and the wider labour movement.

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Hold the Socialist Party and Mark Serwotka to account!

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James Marine

The Socialist Party (SP) has defended the PCS civil service union’s decision to “suspend” national and Group elections for up to a year. (Groups are the major sub-parts of the union.)

The SP headlined its article: “PCS: Safeguarding its future in the face of vicious Tory attacks”.

“Faced with a temporary but very sharp drop in income as a result of check-off ending, the PCS National Executive Commitee (NEC) has had to make difficult decisions to cut expenditure, including suspending for one year the union’s annual elections”.

The Socialist Party has defended the PCS civil service union’s decision to “suspend” national and Group elections for up to a year.

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Do we support banning the Socialist Party from the student movement? No. Will we stop criticising its bad politics on sexism? No.

The Socialist Party group has attacked Workers' Liberty's alleged position on excluding/banning them and the SWP from various areas of student organising – claiming that we support such bans when in fact we have consistently and publicly opposed them.

(They come very close to outright lying about what we say. Before we go on, see here for our real position. There are more links included below.)

The SP claims we want to ban them because they are embarrassed by our criticisms of their conduct in the labour movement.

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Should the left say: "Let the Kurds die!"?

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Dan Katz

Over a thousand Kurdish people gathered in Trafalgar Square, London, on Saturday 1 November, taking part in a day of international solidarity for the Kurds fighting ISIS (Daesh, "Islamic State") in Kobane.

Among the small number of people at the protest who were not Kurdish were a handful of representatives of the Socialist Party and SWP. Both these groups have a problem.

The slogan "stop the US bombing" equates to "let the Kurds die".

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