The ruling Left Unity faction in the civil service union PCS is in turmoil, with the Socialist Party (the main force in LU) withdrawing support from Jane Aitchison, union president in the union’s most important sector, the Department for Work and Pensions.
By Sacha Ismail
The Socialist Party has now published a third article attacking the AWL over Libya.
[This is a copy edited and slightly expanded version of the text in Solidarity.]
Commenting on Martin Thomas’s article “The Socialist Party’s working-class base”, Dave Osler wrote on our website: “In general, the article is a fair assessment of the history and politics of Militant/SP. But what it doesn’t mention is the class nature of the SP’s base, and that is important [...] As Marxists believe that the emancipation of the working class is the act of the working class itself, I will freely admit to a grudging respect for the SP. So wrong on so many issues, but still..”
In Solidarity 191 Sofie Buckland asked whether socialists should back police fighting cuts in their service, concluding we should not (http://alturl.com/nzcz8). A debate on this has developed on our website — extracts below.
What We Are And What We Must Become [SECTION 3]
VULGAR MATERIALISM AND PLATONIC PERSPECTIVES
By Rachel Lever, Phil Semp and Sean Matgamna
The Afghan Tragedy: USSR troops out - the socialist case. Published by Socialist Organiser as 'Socialist Forum' magazine no.3, July 1985.
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- PART 1: THE STALINIST APRIL 1978 COUP AND THE RUSSIAN DECEMBER 1979 INVASION
- PART 2: GRANT, TAAFFE AND WOODS HAIL THE STALINIST COUP AND BACK THE INVADERS
- PART 3: AND STALINIST REVOLUTIONS
- PART 4: MILITANT/SOCIALIST PARTY AND STALINIST EXPANSION
Part 4: The next stage for the working class: submission to totalitarian suppression.
Militant (the Socialist Party) on the "Third World".
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.