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Two letters on "Trotskyist infiltration"

Author: 

Daniel Randall

Two letters replying to articles in the Guardian, on alleged "Trotskyist infiltration" into the Labour Party, both by Daniel Randall (Islington South and Finsbury CLP and supporter of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty).

Two letters replying to articles in the Guardian about claims of "Trotskyist infiltration" into the Labour Party.

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What is Tom Watson's problem with Workers' Liberty?

Author: 

Cathy Nugent
Answering Tom Watson's latest "scandal" about the AWL.

Tom Watson has posted some AWL material on his Facebook page in an attempt to revitalise and justify his tiresome scare stories about Trotskyism. In the Observer (14 August) Corbyn gently slapped Watson down, calling his claims of Trotskyist entryism into Labour, “nonsense”. Corbyn’s basic point seems unassailable: there are few Trotskyists and a great many new members, so why make a fuss?

Oppose Tom Watson's witch-hunt!

Author: 

Cathy Nugent
The Labour right are scared of the Corbyn movement, so they attack Trotskyism.

The anti-Corbyn majority in the Parliamentary Labour Party is losing the battle for the Labour leadership.

The membership – seemingly, in its big majority - wants a Labour Party which will tax the rich, rebuild the NHS, introduce free education and abolish the anti-union laws. The members want to remake Labour as a party that fights for the interests of workers.

Towards a national rail strike, and a labour-movement campaign for public ownership

This article was written before the recent suspension of the strikes on Southern. For comment on that, click here.


By a rail worker

Recent and ongoing disputes across several train companies represent the most significant levels of workers' struggle in the railway industry for some time.

Southern

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"A vibrant movement, uniting the membership": interview with Rhea Wolfson, Labour NEC-elect

Rhea Wolfson, newly elected socialist member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee, spoke to Solidarity.

Congratulations on your election to Labour’s NEC. What do you see as your priorities now?

An interview with newly elected socialist member of the Labour Party National Executive Rhea Wolfson.

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Tubeworker - 27/07/2016: Time For Action!

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Tubeworker

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

Click here to download the PDF.

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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The Labour Party struggle - dealing with abuse

There is no doubt that many on the Labour right are cynically inventing and exaggerating stories of abuse within the party as part of their war against Corbyn and members. The left must fight this, but not downplay the importance of challenging sexism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in the labour movement.

There is no doubt that many on the Labour right are cynically inventing, exaggerating and manipulating stories of abuse within the party as part of their war against Corbyn and on members’ rights and democracy. The left must fight this. It must simultaneously be careful not to deny that people on the left can ever be guilty of abuse, or downplay the crucial, even decisive, importance of challenging sexism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in the labour movement.

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Jeremy Corbyn: "I want to hear your ideas"

Jeremy Corbyn's latest leaflet, in which he sets out six key policies for the Labour leadership campaign, calls for people to send in policy and campaigning proposals: "I want to hear your ideas".

Labour movement organisations should send policy and campaigning ideas into the Corbyn leadership campaign.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Re-elect Corbyn - fight to transform the labour movement

The labour movement faces a dramatic choice. Either the Labour Party will be reclaimed by its right wing (covered by the soft left), the progress we have made over the last year in reviving a political labour movement will be halted and reversed, and there will be a purge of the left — or Jeremy Corbyn will be re-elected and big possibilities will open up for moving forward further and faster.

We are in the fight of our lives. We need to strain every muscle to win, but also begin to prepare the next steps for transforming our movement.

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Labour leadership facts

Author: 

Dale Street

Between 1997 and 2010 Labour Party membership collapsed by 60% (407,000 to 185,000). Slight increase under Miliband. At time of 2015 General Election: 201,000 members.

Party is now biggest social-democratic party in Europe.

During 2015 leadership contest 116,000 new members joined. Between 12th September (Corbyn’s election) and end of year another 87,000 new members joined. By January 2016 party had 388,000 members.

Number of new Labour Party members in 2015 greater than the entire membership of the Conservative Party.

A briefing on issues in the Labour leadership election.

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Why Corbyn's campaign is a threat to New Labour "old guard"

Author: 

Frank Andrews

In the last few days, the right-wing of the Labour Party, through the National Executive Committee, have launched a full-frontal and brazen attack on democracy in the Labour Party to try and prevent Corbyn getting an easy ride into the leadership elections.

First the NEC ruled that only members who had joined before 12 January will be eligible to vote in the leadership contest. The vote on this ruling was won at the same meeting Corbyn was declared on the ballot, but only after he and a couple of his allies had left the room.

Attacks on Labour democracy in the leadership election show how right-wing want to destroy a left-wing voice.

Campaign for Corbyn and socialist policies! Rebuild the labour movement!

Author: 

Martin Thomas

(Updated 9am Friday 14 July)

We have won the latest round of the battle to stop Corbyn from being ousted and Labour's leader, and his supporters from being driven out of the Party. On Tuesday 12 July Labour's National Executive Committee agreed by 18-14 votes that Corbyn will automatically be on the ballot in the challenge to his leadership. A campaign of political pressure, petitioning, rallying and debate has ensured support for democratic process won out in the vote on Tuesday.

We win this round: Jeremy Corbyn is back on the ballot for the Labour leadership election. What now? How do we win, and use this opportunity to revive and transform the labour movement?

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Abolish Trident! Welfare and jobs, not warfare and mass murder

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Editorial

Nuclear weapons — and especially those nuclear weapons whose use would incinerate tens of millions of civilians — are an obscenity. A future Labour government must abolish Trident.

In the first instance, this is a moral question: Ban the Bomb! Imagine, if you can, the worst case: a nuclear attack on the UK in which London and other big cities were destroyed and millions were murdered by a foreign power. Perhaps the attack came from a rogue state run by a strange and insecure freak, perhaps it came from a resurgent Russia run by a ex-secret policeman gangster. What then?

Nuclear weapons — and especially those nuclear weapons whose use would incinerate tens of millions of civilians — are an obscenity. A future Labour government must abolish Trident.

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Unite backs Corbyn and mandatory reselection

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A delegate

Unite the union held its bi-annual policy conference from 11th to 16th July. Does the largest working-class organisation in Britain have the policies and perspectives needed for the next two years of struggle? The answer has to be, on the whole, no. 

Good policy was passed on the casualisation of work, Kurdish solidarity work, the union's relationship with the Labour Party, and many other areas.

Some good decisions but internationalist class struggle policies still required.

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Turkish military coup fails

Author: 

Dan Katz

The attempt by a section of the Turkish army to take power has failed. On the night of Friday 15 July troops grabbed bridges, airports and television stations, as well as Military Headquarters. Parliament was bombed.

The plotters declared that they were acting, “to restore the constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law, and public order.”

It is good the coup has failed. It is bad that the immediate political advantage will be Erdogan’s.

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Democracy, direct action, and socialism


There are decisive turning points in history that shape the future for many years ahead. The British labour movement was brought to such a turning point by the victory of the Thatcherite Tories in the 1979 general election and the events that came after it. The defeat of the labour movement then shaped the social, political, and ethical world we live in now. Was that defeat unavoidable? The revolutionary left argued then that it wasn’t: that if we mobilised our strength we could defeat Thatcher, as we had defeated her Tory predecessors in 1972-4.
Is direct action undemocratic? What methods should the labour movement use to defeat the bosses? Should we stick within the law? This new pamphlet discusses these issues and more.

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23 June: a victory for reaction and regression

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Editorial

The vote in the 23 June referendum that Britain should leave the European Union was a victory for the forces of reaction and historical regression. It has fed the fires of reactionary nationalism and chauvinism in other EU countries, people who want to go back to a Europe of competing, and possibly warring, nation-states, to what degree and with what consequences remains to be seen. In Britain, it has triggered a wave of attacks on migrants.

The vote in the 23 June referendum that Britain should leave the European Union was a victory for the forces of reaction and historical regression.

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Schedule for Solidarity 410 to 414

Solidarity 410 will be out on Wednesday 29 June 2016

Solidarity 411 will be out on Friday 8 July

Solidarity 412, Wednesday 27 July

Solidarity 413, Wednesday 10 August.

Solidarity 414, Wednesday 31 August

and then we will be back to the usual weekly rhythm. The change in schedule for 410 and 411 is because of the EU referendum and the Ideas for Freedom summer school; we skip some weeks in July and August because of summer holidays.

Solidarity 410 will be out on Tuesday 28 June; 411, on Friday 8 July; 412, on 27 July; 413, on 10 August; 414, on 31 August

How Northern Ireland voted in the referendum

Author: 

Ann Field
Brexit caused problems include loss of EU funding and potential border controls.

Last week’s EU referendum saw a majority of just under 56% in Northern Ireland vote in favour of ‘Remain’. At 63%, the turnout was lower than in England, Wales and Scotland.

Unlike in Scotland not all regional constituencies voted ‘Remain’. Eleven voted ‘Remain’, and seven voted ‘Leave’. Levels of turnout also varied widely: between 68% (Fermanagh and South Tyrone) and 49% (Belfast West).

The power-sharing government of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein was split over the referendum, with the former backing ‘Leave’ and the latter backing ‘Remain’.

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