Socialist Alliance

Take the Alliance into the anti-war movement

by Martin Thomas

The war is a time of ferment on the streets-and also of ferment among left-wing activists. The Labour Party has been thrown into crisis. It is no longer the Blairocracy it was-probably never will be again, even if the war goes "well" for Blair.

Hundreds of disgusted activists are leaving the Labour Party. And, at the same time, opposition within the Labour Party has reached higher levels than for many years.

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Debate & Discussion: When is it a workers' party?

Martin Thomas

To "campaign for a workers' party" means three things:

1. Setting out and grouping people round basic working-class political objectives-independent working-class political representation, a workers' government, a working-class "Third Camp" in international politics.

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Stop the rot in the Socialist Alliance

In June the Socialist Workers Party packed a meeting of the Birmingham Socialist Alliance with newly signed-up SWP members to remove the entire Executive of the local Alliance-and replace them with SWP members and fellow travellers. The SWP had been promoting the idea of a "Peace and Justice" candidate for next year's Euro-election-mounted jointly with the leaders of the local mosques-that is, an alliance with a religious hierarchy. Comrades in Birmingham, fearing rightly that such an alliance would be a betrayal of independent working-class politics, rejected the SWP policy. Those comrades had to go.

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Working out an alternative

By Cathy Nugent

Sixty or seventy Socialist Alliance "oppositionists" met in Birmingham on 13 September - non-aligned socialists as well as representatives of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, CPGB (Weekly Worker), International Socialist Group and Revolutionary Democratic Group. The meeting had been called to discuss infractions of democracy in Alliance, particularly in Birmingham where newly signed up SWP members of the Alliance managed to remove the entire Executive of the local Alliance.

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Chasing after Middle England

By Steve Godward

We have changed from a left coalition which will be "of course, socialist" to one where we will "fight for it to adopt a working class and socialist platform". This major policy breach was not in my opinion within the power of the Exec.

[At the Exec] I argued that to subsume the SA in the forthcoming local elections would be the best gift the BNP would have, as it appears "Respect" is only standing in the London and European elections.

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Socialists debate the Galloway coalition

By Martin Thomas

The Socialist Alliance Executive on 3 January voted to support the "Respect" electoral coalition launched in Socialist Worker of 13 December, mainly by the SWP and George Galloway MP. It "regard[ed] the statement [published in December] as a good basis for the public launch of 'Respect'".

Two Executive members, Steve Godward (unaffiliated) and myself, voted against. Three abstained: John Fisher (close to SWP), Lesley Mahmood (ex-Militant), and Marcus Strom (Weekly Worker). 13 voted for.

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The disrespectful left

The Socialist Alliance, the Respect Unity Coalition and the future of the left

On 25 January, short of a political miracle, a tarpaulin will be pulled over much of working-class socialist politics in England. The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and a large part of the activist left will sign up the "Respect" coalition as their political vehicle for the coming months.

Its politics: a bland collation of sops for various constituencies (peace, green, Muslim, trade-union). Its figurehead: George "I need £150,000 a year" Galloway.

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Does the Socialist Alliance have a future?

A collection of contributions from members of the Socialist Alliance from all over the country:

  • Support this statement and conference!
  • What next for left unity?
  • The opposition should move together
  • Bring the different perspectives together
  • "A Titanic looking for an iceberg"
  • Don't throw away left unity!
  • Stick in there, try to make it work
  • We need unity
  • We can still be a broad, pluralist socialist party
  • Get back to basics

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