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

Cliff

Author: 

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.

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AWL versus SWP

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

Download all the stuff for the dayschool as pdf (570 Kb), or read individual items below.

"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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Support ex-Muslim LGBT peoples’ right to protest

Author: 

Simon Nelson

The presence of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) on London Pride has caused a politically awful backlash by the left and others. Counterfire commented “Islamophobic placards have no place at Pride”. Socialist Worker state, “a small group of around ten racists also joined the parade with placards attacking Muslims.” This was followed by an official complaint against them by the East London Mosque.

The presence of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain on London Pride has caused a politically awful backlash by the left and others.

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SWP: fifth wheel of Corbynism?

Author: 

Martin Thomas

There were about 500 at the opening rally of the SWP's "Marxism" summer event in London on 6 July. That's fewer than in some previous years, I think, and an older crowd - about a third grey or white-haired.

Nevertheless, enough not to sneeze at, and the closing rally on 9 July was near 1000.

At its annual summer event, the SWP is presenting itself as a sort of fifth wheel of Corbynism, supposedly with special skills for demonstrations and strikes

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The Scottish left: the strongest nationalists

Author: 

Ann Field

“The Labour Party in Scotland has been wiped out.” That was the verdict of the Socialist Party Scotland (SPS) on the 2015 general election. The next step was: “The trade union movement must now prepare to build a new mass party for the working class.”

In alliance with the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the SPS had stood ten candidates in Scotland under the ‘Trade Union and Socialist Coalition’ (TUSC) banner. Their votes ranged from 0.2% to 0.7%, and amounted to only 1,772 in total.

But that did not constitute a “wipe-out”.

The SWP and Scottish Socialist Party said Labour was finished and decided to tail-end Scottish nationalism...

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The curious incident of the left that didn’t bark

Author: 

Colin Foster

Instructing a stolid and unimaginative official detective, Sherlock Holmes drew his attention to “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time”. His stooge, or feed, responded: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”

The SWP, Socialist Party and Socialist Appeal don’t get involved in the Labour Party, fail to oppose the re-raising of national frontiers in Europe, and advocate socialism only in coded and roundabout ways.

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Fight Brexit all the way

Author: 

Vicki Morris

On 29 March, Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, starting the clock on the UK leaving the EU. Unless the UK and all the EU states agree to a special extension on negotiations, the UK will quit the EU in or before March 2019.

There have been large demonstrations opposing Brexit since the referendum vote. Labour should be organising these, and intervening.

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Brexit: nightmare for bosses? Or for us?

Author: 

Liam Conway

Despite evidence of rising racism, as well as the likelihood of severe cuts to working class standards of living, the two main left groups in the UK continue to peddle much the same nonsense about Brexit as they did during the referendum.

To avoid difficult questions on how a worker-friendly Brexit can be achieved, some on the left have reverted to stressing the centrality of immediate campaigns.

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Experiences of the left

Author: 

Patrick Murphy, Lynne Moffat, Cathy Nugent and Janine Booth

Kosova and a union conference (1999)

Patrick Murphy

Friday, April 2

Arrive at the National Union of Teachers Conference in Brighton expecting a lively and constructive weekend. Teachers are deeply angry about the Green Paper proposals for performance related pay. Yet it is hard to think about anything but the unfolding crisis in Kosova. The previous week I had been to an involved discussion on the issue. This conflict is not reducible to the well-worn slogans — ‘the main enemy is at home’, ‘stop the war’, etc.

A selection of telling episodes over recent decades.

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