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The Paradoxes of Tony Cliff, 1917-2000: A Critical Memoir

Cliff

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Sean Matgamna

"The miners' strike is an extreme example of what we in the Socialist Workers Party have called the 'downturn' in the movement."

Tony Cliff, Socialist Worker, 14th April 1984

Examining the legacy of Tony Cliff, the chief leader of the Socialist Workers' Party in Britain until his death in 2000.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

AWL versus SWP

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

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"AWL vs SWP" day school, November/ December 2005

Discussion points for the day school

1. Transitional programme vs fake ultra-leftism

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

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When anti-Zionism and anti-semitism are the same

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Dan Katz

Dan Katz compares the Socialist Worker Party′s position on the Livingstone anti-semitism row to what we say.

SWP: Anti-Zionism and anti-semitism are not the same thing.

Dan Katz compares the Socialist Worker Party′s position on the Livingstone anti-semitism row to what we say.

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What’s bad for capitalists may not be not good for us

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Dan Katz

Solidarity has not been slow to ridicule the SWP and Socialist Party and their daft position to campaign with the right-wing of the Tory Party and UKIP for a vote to leave the EU. Imagine their members in a union meeting, putting their position. Their “left” words against the “EU capitalist project” will give cover to the most backward and xenophobic views in the labour movement. Anyone who wants tighter immigration rules or who is prejudiced against Eastern Europeans will be supporting this position.

Yes, the EU is capitalist. Yes, we know the capitalists want cheap labour. But we, the internationalist left, have a profound interest in a reduction of nationalist antagonisms, too. It makes working-class cooperation and solidarity easier. The capitalists are creating better conditions for us to do our work against them. Attempting to undo everything capitalism has done is a utopian and reactionary project.

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Vote UKIP, get Corbyn?

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A London teacher

I have been on the far left for over thirty years, and I've seen and heard some pretty strange things.

I have watched women members of a revolutionary socialist group join the back of a segregated Muslim march against Israel. I've argued with left-wing British trade unionists who backed the jailing of independent trade unionists in the old USSR. I've seen socialists carry "We are Hizbollah" placards, and listened to leftists who refused to condemn 9/11.

The current left belief that Brexit is a blow against EU racism and will lead to a left shift in British politics is right up there in the Premier League of unreason.

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SNP goes back on promise to scrap Council Tax

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Dale Street

The SNP ditched another of its previous manifesto commitments — big time — when it announced plans to reform the Council Tax system in Scotland last week.

For well over a decade the SNP has promised to scrap Council Tax. In 2003, the current SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: “There is no doubt that the SNP’s proposal to scrap the Council Tax in favour of a fair local income tax is hugely popular with voters.”

In 2004, the current SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “Every vote for the SNP in the European election will be a vote to axe the Council Tax.”

The SNP is pressing ahead with another Tory policy: austerity. The combined impact of a £500 millions cut in local authority funding by Holyrood and the financial straitjacket imposed on local authorities by the Council Tax freeze could see 15,000 local authority jobs axed and the decimation of council and voluntary sector services.

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The left case for Brexit: illogical and dangerous

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Dan Katz

If you wanted to make a case that much of the British far left is irredeemably stupid, you don’t have to look further than the Socialist Party’s and Socialist Workers Party’s policies on Europe.

If you wanted to make a case that much of the British far left is irredeemably stupid, you don’t have to look further than the Socialist Party’s and Socialist Workers Party’s policies on Europe.

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Leave Labour to the right?

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Martin Thomas

Socialist Worker of 14 November calls for the Momentum group, launched as a follow-up by members of the Corbyn Labour leader campaign team, to turn away from "internal Labour Party battles".

"Some in Momentum have been quoted as saying their task is to 'turn the attention of their supporters towards the battles that will take place within the Labour Party'.

"Tensions inside Labour mean there is always infighting... But the strength of Corbyn’s election campaign was based on the hundreds of thousands of people who signed up looking for radical change.

Socialist Worker calls for Momentum to turn away from "internal Labour Party battles". But that would mean leaving the Labour right in control.

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Best fight on the EU terrain

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Elliott Robinson

The British SWP advocates a vote to leave in the forthcoming European Union (EU) referendum with ever-increasing incoherence. Alex Callinicos’ article, “The internationalist case against the European Union” in the latest International Socialism journal (IS 148, 5 October 2015) attempts to give their stance some theoretical weight. In fact the position is neither internationalist, nor a rational case.

The actual alternatives on the EU referendum ballot paper are the UK remaining in or striking out on an independent capitalist path outside it. In this case, the lesser evil so far as workers are concerned is to stay in and fight alongside other European workers.

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