Statement made by Martin Thomas and Pete Radcliff for the AWL at the end of the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform meeting in Birmingham on 8 November 2003
In our view the basic principled question facing us now is the maintenance of the principle of independent working-class politics and opposition to popular-front enterprises such as that now engaged in by the Socialist Alliance leadership.
For our part we will not support or work for such a popular-front electoral bloc.
We believe that a campaign for democratic control and consultation in the design of the popular-front bloc is both hopeless and politically mis-focused.
We remain willing to support comrades on issues of democracy even where we disagree with them on fundamental politics.
We will continue to work with the Democracy Platform on this basis, but will devote our main energies to arguing what we see as the main political issue.