The Afghan Tragedy: USSR troops out - the socialist case. Part 1 The Stalinist 1978 Coup. Published by Socialist Organiser as 'Socialist Forum' magazine no.3, July 1985.
Grant hails the PDP coup.
By Jill Mountford
The pensions demo on 30 June was exciting enough, but I felt an extra thrill at the start in Lincoln’s Inn Fields when I spotted Peter Taaffe. There he was, the General Secretary of the Socialist Party! The "legendary Peter Taaffe", as his friend and disciple Derek Hatton said of him in his memoirs.
According to a report by the National Audit Office, the Department for Work and Pensions "will have to make rapid progress in reorganising the way it operates if it is to meet its target of cutting costs by £20 billion in four years while achieving substantial reform of the welfare system."
AWL was distributing leaflets calling for rank and file control in the unions’ battle against the Coalition government cuts, for the use of selective and rolling strikes and strike levies, and for a political fight for a workers’ government. The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and the Socialist Party (SP) were distributing leaflets calling for a general strike.
In general, the “Who are the Socialist Party?” (Solidarity 209) article is a fair assessment of the history and politics of Militant/
Peter Taaffe, leader of the Socialist Party (SP), has recently denounced the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty over Libya. We have replied, and challenged Taaffe to a debate (no formal reply yet).
As we approach the first large-scale strike against the Coalition cuts offensive, unrealistic demagogy about “General Strike” continues to proliferate on the left.
The recent Workers’ Liberty supplement Libya, anti-imperialism, and the Socialist Party (Solidarity 3-206) was a really interesting catch-up for me about the history of a group I was part of in the early 80s.