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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Left Unity: SWP presents its left unity initiative

The SWP has held meetings about its “left unity initiative” on the fringe of the Unison union conference and in Sheffield and other cities.

Ed Whitby reports from the meetings in Middlesbrough and Gateshead: “The SWP have little to say, but these two meetings were useful for us in opening up the discussion and for showing to the SWP periphery that we are serious about working with them even when we are very, very critical of them ideologically. And that we have concrete ideas for united activity when they just say ‘unity’ and UAF and demos”.

The SWP has held meetings about its “left unity initiative” on the fringe of the Unison union conference and in Sheffield and other cities. Ed Whitby reports from the meetings in Middlesbrough and Gateshead “The SWP have little to say..."

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Left Unity: Progress in Newcastle

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Ed Whitby

In Newcastle we have a Tyneside Socialist Forum which has existed for a long time — before the Socialist Alliance.

It was relaunched last year. Along with AWL members it includes independent socialists, left anarchists, ex-CPers and some people from FRFI. It meets regularly and has political discussions, it could be the springboard for greater left unity.

Our next meeting will be discussing precisely that. The SWP have said they will come to the meeting, which is good. The Socialist Party haven’t said they won’t… at least not yet.

In Newcastle we have a Tyneside Socialist Forum which has existed for a long time — before the Socialist Alliance. It was relaunched last year. Along with AWL members it includes independent socialists, left anarchists, ex-CPers and some people from FRFI. It meets regularly and has political discussions, it could be the springboard for greater left unity.

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Build a Socialist Alliance to fight back!

The AWL has launched this appeal to socialist and working-class organisations and activists. So far the response from the SWP (Socialist Workers’ Party) and SP (Socialist Party) at national level has been negative, but many individuals have signed it.

In the 2009 Euro elections, the fascist British National Party increased its percentage of the vote and won two seats.

The AWL has launched this appeal to socialist and working-class organisations and activists. So far the response from the SWP (Socialist Workers’ Party) and SP (Socialist Party) at national level has been negative, but many individuals have signed it.

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