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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.

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.

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.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Leave Labour to the right?

Author: 

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

Author: 

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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SWP snared in Scotland

Author: 

Anne Field

The SWP in Scotland adopted a distinctly sniffy attitude towards the Corbyn campaign.

According to an SWP leaflet distributed at a Corbyn rally in Glasgow, “while we should wish Jeremy Corbyn well [thanks!], we urgently need a socialist alternative to Labour.”

Corbyn’s victory was dismissed by the SWP as a matter of little account for Scotland: “Scottish Labour has elected an uninspiring new leader in Kezia Dugdale. Corbynmania hasn’t passed it by, but it looks set to suffer another crushing defeat next May.”

The SWP in Scotland adopted a distinctly sniffy attitude towards the Corbyn campaign.

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No bans, no proscriptions

Author: 

Colin Foster

“We oppose the infiltration of the Labour Party by the SWP”, or so “a spokesperson for Momentum” has been quoted by the Huffington Post (16 October) as saying.

Momentum is a new network launched by members of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaign team. Actually, the “spokesperson for Momentum” had been asked about the Socialist Workers Party (SWP)’s declared intention to join Momentum, not the Labour Party, and so her or his answer was a non-answer. Worse, a wrong non-answer.

If the SWP want to join the Labour Party, they should be welcome.

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Abolish Israel? How, and then what?

Author: 

Tom Harris

In Socialist Worker of the 17 October, Nick Clark turns his attention to the new wave of violence in Israel-Palestine.

Clark writes about the indignity and oppression suffered by the Palestinians forced from their homes in East Jerusalem, starved and bombed in Gaza, harassed and driven off their land in the West Bank. He argues, correctly, that the violence has to be seen in this context.

Workers’ Liberty believes that the viable democratic solution to the conflict is an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, with self-determination for both the Palestinian Arabs and the Israeli Jews. Israel should pay heavy reparations to the new Palestinian state to make it viable and to compensate for the great damage it has inflicted on the Palestinian people.

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TUSC disorientated over Corbyn

Author: 

Cathy Nugent

When the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) met on Saturday 26 September, the hot topic for discussion was how socialists should respond to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party.

When the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) met on Saturday 26 September, the hot topic for discussion was how socialists should respond to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party.

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A letter to Charlie Kimber

Author: 

Bob Anthony

Dear Charlie Kimber (National Secretary, Socialist Workers Party),

I am responding to your “Letter to a Jeremy Corbyn supporter” (8 September), and subsequent statements by your organisation in which you basically tell “The tens of thousands of people who cheered Jeremy at his rallies [who] are a sign of the potential for a mass movement against austerity” that they are wasting their time.

A response to an open letter to Corbyn supporters by Charlie Kimber, National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party.

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