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Excluded from Labour for being a socialist!

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Keith Road

A Socialist Appeal member, expelled from the Labour Party, recently went court to contest the expulsion. Unsurprisingly the Party had their side upheld and he will not be reinstated, at least not through court procedures.

The need for a campaign to open up the Labour Party, end auto-exclusions and suspensions, and fight for natural justice against bureaucratic manoeuvres.

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Dog doesn’t bark

This is an editorial from Solidarity’s forerunner, Socialist Organiser (27 September 1984)

This is an editorial from Solidarity’s forerunner, Socialist Organiser (27 September 1984)

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hamas victory: “a terrible defeat”

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.

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'Apparatus Marxism', Impoverished Twin of 'Academic Marxism'

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Sean Matgamna

“You who have really done something, must have noticed yourself how few of the young literary men who attach themselves to the Party take the trouble to study economics, the history of trade, of industry, of agriculture, of the social formations… The self-conceit of the journalist must therefore accomplish everything and the result looks like it…" — Friedrich Engels

In post-Trotsky “kitsch Trotskyism", the tendency over decades is for “the party" and what is considered to be good for “the party” to become the all-defining supreme good..,.

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Tube strike? What tube strike?

Two of Livingstone's top advisors - Redmond O'Neill and John Ross - are members of Socialist Action (a self-styled Trotskyist group). We wondered what that group thought of Livingstone's call to scab. Faz Velmi phoned up NUS executive member and Socialist Action supporter Pete Leary and asked him. The date was Tuesday 6 July i.e a week after the tube strike.

Tube strike? What tube strike?

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The writing on the wall

  • Moving on up?
  • Massive
  • BAE bungs
  • Feudal blues
  • Siberian blues
  • Viva, left of centre politicians!

Moving on up?

Residents of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest have been promised that should London's bid to host the 2012 Olympics goes ahead, their boroughs will benefit from 'the most significant urban and environmental regeneration ever seen in London'.

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CPB: separate ways, but respectfully

The Communist Party of Britain voted at a special congress on 17 January not to join the "Respect" coalition. In its paper, the Morning Star, of 19 January the report of the congress sat under a puff for a "Respect" rally in Oxford with George Galloway, but that, in turn, was flanked by a piece about the Scottish Socialist Party's Tommy Sheridan demanding that Scotland's First Minister refuse a dinner invitation from the "despots" and "ruthless rulers" of Saudi Arabia.

Galloway was on dinner-invitation terms with top people in the Iraqi dictatorship from 1994 to 2003, and says his Iraqi activity was funded by donations from the Saudi and United Arab Emirates' rulers.

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Withdraw this slander!

By Martin Thomas

At a West Midlands Socialist Alliance meeting on Wednesday 14 January 2004, Stuart Richardson of Resistance accused Jim Denham of Solidarity and Workers' Liberty of supporting the US and UK troops in Iraq.

He repeated the accusation despite Denham immediately heckling him to say it was not true.

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An Open Letter to Alan Thornett of the International Socialist Group

In an article in the last issue of Resistance, which has also been put out as a separate four-page pamphlet, you write: "the AWL position on working with Muslim people [emphasis added] is dreadful and their position on George Galloway is scandalous. But such positions can only be challenged and marginalised politically. Organisational means [meaning such things as the SWP attempt at the Socialist Alliance conference to deprive the AWL of representation on the Executive of the SA] are not only wrong - they are counter-productive."

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