Socialist Alliance

Matthew Caygill 1955 — 2016

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Luke Hardy

Workers’ Liberty is saddened to hear of the sudden death of Matthew Caygill, a Marxist historian, a left wing activist and trade unionist.

Matthew Caygill, a Marxist historian, left-wing activist and trade unionist, started out his political life in the anti-Apartheid movement and through that ended up joining the Socialist Workers Party. Eventually he and others left the SWP over their “anti-imperialist turn” in the late 80s and early 90s which they criticised as a move away from the anti-Stalinist left tradition that the IS/ SWP grew out of.

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Does the labour movement need a Marxist educationalist group like the AWL?

An examination of the role of a Marxist “Fighting Educationalist Group” in the class struggle and in the transformation of existing labour movements.

An examination of the role of a Marxist “Fighting Educationalist Group” in the class struggle and in the transformation of existing labour movements.

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“It is necessary to find the particular link in the chain which must be grasped with all one’s strength in order to keep the whole chain in place and prepare to move on resolutely to the next link.”

V I Lenin

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How to make left unity

The political situation makes a strong case for left unity.


The letter below has been sent to SWP, SP, Left Unity, ISN, ACI, Counterfire, Socialist Resistance, Workers' Power, and Weekly Worker.

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Hi comrades,

The political situation makes a strong case for left unity.

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The “second coming” of George Galloway

Some parts of the left have greeted Respect’s success in Bradford West with what can properly be described as religious enthusiasm. Writing over the Easter weekend on Britain’s most widely read socialist blog, one long-time activist even described the spectacular by-election overturn as “the second coming”.

Much of the left has greeted George Galloway’s by-election victory in Bradford West with what can properly be described as religious enthusiasm: one long-time activist, on Easter weekend, even described it as “the second coming”.

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Tyneside debates: “Can the left unite?”

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Ed Whitby

About 60 socialists, activists and trade unionists attended a Tyneside Socialist Forum open meeting about left unity on 15 July.

About 60 socialists, activists and trade unionists attended a Tyneside Socialist Forum open meeting about left unity on 15 July.

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Socialist Alliance call makes progress in North East

Several dozen activists in the North East have signed the call issued by Workers’ Liberty for a new Socialist Alliance.

Several dozen activists in the North East have signed the call issued by Workers’ Liberty for a new Socialist Alliance.

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Obituary: Greg Tucker

RMT members learned with great sadness of the untimely death on Sunday 6 April 2008 of Greg Tucker,

RMT members learned with great sadness of the untimely death on Sunday 6 April 2008 of Greg Tucker, secretary of RMT’s Waterloo branch since 1993 and of the union’s National Conference of Train Cr

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Clothes with no emperor?

About 30 people attended a conference on 12 November aiming to "relaunch the Socialist Alliance".

It showed, I fear, that the erosion and dissipation of the old Socialist Alliance minority is probably irreversible. Several of those at the conference are well-respected activists in various localities and campaigns. We can only sympathise with their wish to find a flexible framework to work together; but it doesn't look to me as if anything viable has been "relaunched".

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