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When "The Sun" backed Ken Livingstone for Labour leader (1992)

Submitted by dalcassian on 3 November, 2016 - 4:12 Author: Sean Matgamna

Easter, it seems, is this
year's season of panto-
mime, not Christmas.
In pantomime, you will
recall, everything is turned up-
side down and inside out. The
"principal boy" Is a woman,
the Dame a man.
Events are larger than life,
and sometimes an arch com-
ment on life. Characters are
stereotyped, wear colourful
costumes, and have funny
names. Animals, and sometimes
inanimate objects, talk. Actors
wink at the audience, mug for
them, and talk to them out of

The reactionary right-wing politics of the Gaza demonstrations

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2009 - 12:49 Author: Sean Matgamna

[For those who have been directed to this article in reference to why the AWL opposes boycotts of Israel, see 'Why left-wing students should not support boycotting Israel'.]

The demonstrations all over Britain since the Israeli offensive on Gaza began on 27 December [2008] have been heavily fuelled by justified raw outrage at the human cost to the Palestinians of what Israel is doing.

The end of the road for renegade socialist and Labour Leader, Neil Kinnock (1992)

Submitted by dalcassian on 12 October, 2016 - 12:46 Author: Sean Matgamna

Neil Kinnock will, it seems, resign as Labour Party leader. Good! He has been leader for nine years, during which the Labour Party has been turned into a depoliticised one-faction organisation - a sort of right-wing equivalent of the SWP or Militant [Now the Socialist Party], much bigger, linked to the unions, able to win millions of votes, but still for all that a party increasingly organised as a narrow, intolerant, social-democratic sect and run on quasi-Stalinist lines (often by "ex-Stalinists").

Alan Thornett vs Martin Thomas: socialists debate the Euro and the EU

Submitted by dalcassian on 17 July, 2008 - 7:29 Author: Alan Thornett and Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas:
It is not the job of socialists to support or oppose the single currency. More precisely, in principle we are for the single currency, but not in this way, by these people. Our answer to the single currency is to advocate workers' unity across Europe, a democratic, united Europe and a socialist united Europe.

The battle for democracy in the Arab revolution (2011)

Submitted by Matthew on 30 March, 2011 - 12:13

Sean Matgamna examines the prospects of the Arab Revolution, and compares it to certain events in recent history.

The Arab revolution, the inspiring mass popular movement for freedom and democracy, sweeping across the Middle East might be compared to the “Springtime of the Peoples”, in 1848, when mass popular revolution spread from France to Germany, then to other countries, such as Hungary and Italy.

Most of them were quickly defeated.

Oppose intervention in ex-Yugoslavia? In the name of what? (July 1992)

Submitted by dalcassian on 6 October, 2016 - 12:27 Author: Sean Matgamna

At the heart of the chaos into which Yugoslavia has now dissolved is the predatory expansion of the Serbian state, led by neo-Stalinists whose regime has a great deal of popular support. They utilise people such as the Serbs in the territory claimed by Croatia to serve a drive which is essentially a drive to create the largest possible "Greater Serbia". It is a primitive form of imperialism, whose real content is summed up in the phrase which expresses their policy for non-Serbs: "ethnic cleansing".

The SWP, The Balkans, Nationalism and Imperialism in the 1999 War

Submitted by dalcassian on 13 November, 2008 - 9:05 Author: Sean Matgamna

If socialists operate in politics according to worked out positive principles, then they will generally be consistent. Should circumstances arise that compel them to seemingly veer from those principles, then they will explain themselves in terms of the base-line principles involved, or of some higher principle.

Langston Hughes: The Ballad Of The Landlord

Submitted by dalcassian on 17 May, 2016 - 2:36 Author: Langston Hughes

Landlord, landlord,
My roof has sprung a leak.
Don't you 'member I told you about it
Way last week?

Landlord, landlord,
These steps is broken down.
When you come up yourself
It's a wonder you don't fall down.

Ten Bucks you say I owe you?
Ten Bucks you say is due?
Well, that's Ten Bucks more'n I'l pay you
Till you fix this house up new.

What? You gonna get eviction orders?
You gonna cut off my heat?
You gonna take my furniture and
Throw it in the street?

Founding Principles of the Workers Party (1940)

Submitted by dalcassian on 29 June, 2016 - 8:37 Author: The Workers Party

1. The party aims at the achievement of
state power by the American workers as
part of the international proletarian revo-
lution and for the purpose of establishing
a claselcss socialist society. It bases itself
on the revolutionary traditions of Marx,
Engels, Lenin and Trotsky, whose funda-
mental ideas are crystallized in *he pro-
gram of the Fourth International. The aim
of overthrowing the mightiest imperialist
power in the world and reorganizing society
on socialist foundations determines the na-