The new ten point People Before Profit “charter” sheds more than a little light on how the Socialist Workers Party views its role in the growing economic crisis and the role it expects the wider labour movement to play.
About one hundred student activists attended the Student Stop the War meeting on 6 September — not a bad turn out, but unfortunately that was the best thing about the meeting.
Most of those present were from various socialist groups with the SWP — who organised the event — in abundance. The politics promoted by the SWP were very far from socialist, and the meeting failed to develop any real strategy for action.
The 'Left Alternative' members bulletin on 10 September reported:
Class struggle in the Middle East
The Socialist Workers Party’s behaviour at last Saturday’s [16 August 2008] protest against the British National Party’s Red White and Blue festival was spectacularly crass. But nothing they did was odder than the text of the petition they were circulating to gather contact names.
Something about the SWP’s recent behaviour smacks of more than the usual sectarianism. Desperation might be closer to the mark
At the demonstration against the fascist BNP's "Red, White, and Blue" festival in Codnor, Derbyshire, on 16 August, the SWP was circulating a contact sheet.
Dear Comrade Cliff,
You admitted in last week's Socialist Worker that the SWP and the ANL made mistakes in relation to Brick Lane on September 24th.
Arabesques, he once turned in Cliff's rodeo,
Who now sits ad absurdom reductio!
See him fret, see him fume,
Watch him preen and presume:
George Bush’s visit to London on 15 June was an opportunity for socialists to take advantage of large scale opposition to the actions of the American and British governments’ both abroad and at home. Unfortunately, the demonstration held by the Stop the War Coalition was as politically vacant as previous ones. Instead of highlighting wider issues of global capitalism, the only subject on the agenda was the war in Iraq.