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Stalinism and Afghanistan: socialists and the 1979-89 war: Workers' Liberty 3/55

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Sean Matgamna

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Afghanistan’s “Great Saur Revolution”, in April 1978, and the Russian invasion of Afghanistan that flowed from it 20 months later, at Christmas 1979, were two of the most important events of the second half of the 20th century.

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How not to fight the BNP

Some on the left seem to have decided that the size of the leaked BNP membership list is bad news for the fascists.

“A weak divided party exposed”, the Socialist Party headline tells us: the list “makes it clear that the BNP is a relatively small party... with just over 3,000 members classed as activists, it is welcome news that the BNP has capitalised so little on the enormous anger against New Labour, Tories and Lib Dems that exists.”

We should not allow ourselves to be paralysed by the strength of the BNP, or imagine that the far right is an unstoppable juggernaut. But the danger seems to be rather that the left will lull itself to sleep, convinced that the news is not so bad after all.

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An open letter to the Socialist Party - Do you support McDonnell?

Dear comrades,

Do you support John McDonnell’s campaign against Gordon Brown for the Labour Party leadership?

When John McDonnell declared himself a candidate for Labour leader to succeed Tony Blair, you wrote:

“McDonnell is the Labour MP with the most consistent record of voting against New Labour’s anti-working class policies. Potentially a McDonnell leadership challenge could play a role in raising the profile of socialist ideas amongst sections of working-class people”. (Hannah Sell, The Socialist, 27/07/06).

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The tragic fiasco of Liverpool City Council under Militant-Socialist Party leadership

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It is over twenty years since the final collapse of the left-wing Liverpool Labour council of 1983-6.

Through that council, the avowedly Marxist “Militant Tendency” had the leadership of a mass workers’ movement which could have shaken or defeated the government. Arguably it marked the highest point ever (so far) of active mass influence for would-be revolutionary Marxists in Britain, higher than anything achieved by the Communist Party when it was a revolutionary party in the 1920s.

During the Great Strike of the miners the Socialist Party (then "Militant") which controlled Liverpool Council opted out of confrontation with the Thatcher Government, choosing to do a short-term deal with Thatcher.

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Events

May 83 Labour makes gains in elections for one-third of Liverpool City Council’s seats and wins the Council from the Liberals (who have controlled it since 1973). Militant supporters are central in the new council Labour group.

November 83 20,000 people join a march to support the Labour council’s demand for the return of grant money withdrawn over the years by the Tory government.

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A new workers’ party?

By Rhodri Evans

The Socialist Party has launched a “Campaign for a New Workers’ Party”. It has put out a statement which says many true things about the badness of the Blair-Brown Labour Party and the need to restore an independent workers’ voice in politics (http://tinyurl.com/btaq9).

It is hard to see how this campaign can achieve more than a few extra sympathisers or members for the Socialist Party. It will divert from, rather than contribute to, the necessary battles to mobilise the broad labour movement for the cause of independent working-class political representation, and to unite the left.

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Is Cuba Socialist?

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Paul Hampton

This book is a pseudo-debate between Peter Taaffe of the Socialist Party and CWI (formerly Militant) in Britain and Doug Lorimer of the Australian Democratic Socialist Party (DSP).

It is also, I guess, an attempt to check the recent rash of Castro-worship in the Scottish Socialist Party, with whom Taaffe maintains a strained relationship.

A review of Cuba: Socialism and Democracy by Peter Taaffe

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Is the People’s Charter the answer?

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Joe Flynn

The groups involved in the “No2EU” coalition for the Euro-election — the RMT union leadership group around Bob Crow, the Communist Party of Britain (Morning Star), the Socialist Party, and the Alliance for Green Socialism — are due to meet again before 28 June to discuss a “son of No2EU” project for the coming general election.

The groups involved in the “No2EU” coalition for the Euro-election — the RMT union leadership group around Bob Crow, the Communist Party of Britain (Morning Star), the Socialist Party, and the Alliance for Green Socialism — are due to meet again before 28 June to discuss a “son of No2EU” project for the coming general election.

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New witch hunts

Dave Prentis clearly signalled in his conference speech that organised left activists were in his sights.

The Unison local government conference saw an attack on Socialist Party comrades from four branches who had tried to raise the issue of why Standing Orders Committee had ruled out of order so many motions. The leaflet they produced had used the “three wise monkeys” as a symbol of how their questioning of the decisions had been ignored. This was laughably deemed to be racist and an investigation is underway.

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