Solidarity spoke to Chris Leary, a former youth activist in Workers Power who left the group in January 2006.
Left groups and people
This is an editorial from Solidarity’s forerunner, Socialist Organiser (27 September 1984)
In July 2006, the "League for the Fifth International", an international left grouping centred round the Workers Power group in Britain, expelled about a third of its members.
On Saturday I went to Socialist Resistance's Latin America dayschool, which had sessions focusing in particular on Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba. While there was open discussion where members from other groups could say what they thought - all too rare for many left "schools" - I felt that key questions about the character of these governments were ignored, and it had little focus on independent, working class politics.
The Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR) has been debating the left’s response to the victory of the Islamist party, Hamas, in the Palestinian legislative elections on 25 January 2006.
An initial response by Nicolas Qualander appeared in the LCR’s paper, Rouge, of 23 February. We print here a translated extract of a reply to Qualander by Christian Picquet published in Rouge, 2 March 2006.
SWP on MAB; Respect's money; Labourstart; the Socialist Alliance's money; "Unite against terror"
By Alan Thomas
The conference of the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform (SADP) on 12 March was bigger than I had expected: 40–50 present over the day.
There were the usual SADP faces, people from the Alliance for Green Socialism, and a national mobilisation of ex-WRPers/Morenoites. Also Hillel Ticktin from Critique, John Bridge and a couple more from the CPGB, and the Red Party.
- Workers' Power - lessons for the revolutionary left by Martin Thomas and Jim Denham, 1993.
- Socialist Action - the greatest defeats? - documents 1989-1993.
This report by Chris Jones on the discussions on Merseyside about launching a new "United Socialist Party" is abridged from the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform email list.
Two of Livingstone's top advisors - Redmond O'Neill and John Ross - are members of Socialist Action (a self-styled Trotskyist group).