Left groups and people

Further debate on the "social strike" and workplace organisation

Author: 

Daniel Randall

Cautiously Pessimistic's[1] thoughtful reply to my critique of Plan C's "social strike perspective" is very welcome. Many of its themes were telegraphed in an exchanged of comments between me and Cautiously on the AWL website, under my original article (click the link above and scroll to the bottom). I'll try to focus here on issues I haven't already responded to.

A reply to anarchist blogger "Cautiously Pessimistic".

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Revolutionary versus “democratic socialism”? A reply to Luke Akehurst on "entryism"

Author: 

Sacha Ismail

An October 2015 article by Luke Akehurst, a prominent and combative Labour right winger who recently failed to be elected to the party's NEC, was recently drawn to my attention. The article, published on the LabourList website, was about “entryism”, by which Akehurst means the presence of a revolutionary socialist group like Workers’ Liberty within the Labour Party. It has renewed relevance during the current events.

A reply to prominent Labour right winger Luke Akehurst's October 2015 article on LabourList.

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On the "social strike": a response to Plan C

Author: 

Daniel Randall

For a response to this article by the anarchist blogger "Cautiously Pessimistic", click here.

For a further response from Daniel Randall, click here.

Plan C comrades have told us they also plan a collective response, which we will link to once it is published.

Does the concept of the "social strike", promoted by the left-wing group Plan C, have the capacity to overcome the current weakness of organised labour?

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Fight for migrants' rights and workers' unity

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Jill Mountford, Momentum Steering Committee, personal capacity

There are strong voices in the Labour Party, in the trade unions and even on the Labour left arguing that, after the Brexit vote, the labour movement should support further restrictions on freedom of movement and migrants’ rights.

Whatever the twists and turns at the top of the labour movement, the rank-and-file left needs to assert and impose a clear position to defend and extend migrants’ rights and actively challenge lies about migrants and migration.

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Stop the expulsions of Socialist Appeal supporters!

A number of Workers’ Liberty supporters have been expelled from the Labour Party, by an unaccountable factional hit squad — the “Compliance Unit”.

Some have been reinstated after a fight, some told there is nothing doing and they must wait five years, and some are yet to hear back on their appeals. We are fighting for all of them to be readmitted.
Now the Compliance Unit has expelled some supporters of another socialist group, Socialist Appeal.

The Labour Party's Compliance Unit has expelled supporters of the socialist group Socialist Appeal.

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"Scrap the Compliance Unit", says John McDonnell

“I’d like to scrap the Compliance Unit completely”, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told a 300-strong Momentum meeting in Barnet on 22 February, “and I want people automatically accepted into membership when they first join”.

He wants a fair and democratic process for membership disputes, and he’s right. Two weeks ago it looked as if expulsions by an unelected body with no place in the rulebook, the Compliance Unit, had come to an end, with none since November.

Momentum national steering committee member and Lewisham Momentum chair Jill Mountford has just been expelled from the Labour Party by the "Compliance Unit". McDonnell is absolutely right!

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The metamorphosis of Andrew Gilligan

Author: 

David Osland

Andrew Gilligan, it should not be forgotten, once saw better days. Thirteen years ago, the BBC reporter’s role in making clear that the Blair administration purposely sexed up the first of the two dossiers advanced in fraudulent justification for the invasion of Iraq should rightly have won him every journalistic prize going, not to mention the plaudits of the entire left.

People who engage in politics at any level should be subject to scrutiny. But repeated corrosive attacks in mass circulation newspapers, with no means of redress, raises the obvious question of just who is being bullied here.

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Plan C's "Fast Forward" Festival

Author: 

Daniel Randall

Nearly 200 people attended "Fast Forward", a three-day "festival" organised by Plan C and held at a youth hostel in Edale, Derbyshire, from 12-14 September. The event was an impressive undertaking, of which the organisers will undoubtedly, and rightly, feel proud.

Plan C's "Fast Forward" Festival asked important questions, and began useful discussions.

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Class War in Britain's Ports (1967)

The Devlin plan and the docker (1967)

This July 1967 pamphlet was the first piece of public literature put out by the Workers' Fight group, forerunner of AWL.

This June 1967 pamphlet was the first piece of public literature put out by the Workers' Fight group, forerunner of AWL.

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