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The Paradoxes of Tony Cliff, 1917-2000: A Critical Memoir

Cliff

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Sean Matgamna

"The miners' strike is an extreme example of what we in the Socialist Workers Party have called the 'downturn' in the movement."

Tony Cliff, Socialist Worker, 14th April 1984

Examining the legacy of Tony Cliff, the chief leader of the Socialist Workers' Party in Britain until his death in 2000.

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AWL versus SWP

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

Download all the stuff for the dayschool as pdf (570 Kb), or read individual items below.

"AWL vs SWP" day school, November/ December 2005

Discussion points for the day school

1. Transitional programme vs fake ultra-leftism

Material for an AWL day school, November/ December 2005, and other stuff on the political differences between AWL and SWP.

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Yes or No to Europe?

Author: 

Mark Osborn

Last weekend, at the SWP’s much-reduced Marxism event, the SWP discussed the forthcoming EU referendum.

Paul McGarr, one of their leaders, put the case for a “socialist no vote”. Having advocated this position in their paper, and — apparently — met significant opposition, the SWP top brass have declared a period of discussion on the question in the run up to their December conference.

Last weekend, at a much-reduced Marxism event, the SWP discussed the forthcoming EU referendum.

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Scottish Labour: turn outwards, or close down?

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Dale Street

“Can the Scottish Labour Party listen and learn from its defeat on 7 May?” asked Katy Clark, former Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, at last Saturday’s Campaign for Socialism (CfS) conference in Glasgow.

The 70-plus Scottish Labour members attending the event were clear about some of the things that Labour needed to do in response to that question. The same cannot be said of the Scottish Labour Executive Committee, meeting at the same time.

The Scottish left after the election.

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Open letter to members of the SWP and SP: Keep the UK in the EU, for a workers' Europe

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Mark Osborn and Vicki Morris

Both the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and Socialist Party (SP) have declared that they will vote for UK withdrawal from the EU.

The SWP is for withdrawal because, “[The EU is] a bosses’ organisation designed to ease the exploitation of workers and sharpen the capacity of European capitalists to beat other capitalists.” The SP say similar: the UK should get out because the EU is a “bosses’ club.”

An open letter to members of the Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party on the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

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SWP, shamefaced on Europe

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Sacha Ismail

For the Socialist Workers’ Party, who put such emphasis on migrants’ rights and being internationalist, their support for leaving the EU is more awkward than, say, for the Socialist Party. Nonetheless, they are sticking to their guns.

At the end of May, the SWP published an article by their national secretary Charlie Kimber under the title “EU referendum debate can’t be left to racists”.

Charlie Kimber argues anything that is bad for the bosses must be good for the workers.

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No withdrawal from EU

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Editorial

As the second reading of the EU referendum bill went through Parliament on 9 June, the right-wing campaign to exit Europe began in earnest. Unfortunately it is likely to be mirrored on the left.

As the second reading of the EU referendum bill went through Parliament on 9 June, the right-wing campaign to exit Europe began in earnest. Unfortunately it is likely to be mirrored on the left.

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1969: Why Northern Ireland split on communal, not class, lines

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

IS AND IRELAND

Continuing the series about the events in Northern Ireland in 1968-9 — the start of the long-running turmoil there, still not resolved today — and the debates and disputes as the left tried to orient itself.

The breakdown of N. I. in 1969, and the British and Irish left then.

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Listen to the secular!

Author: 

Martin Thomas

Pretty much all the left press other than Solidarity has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed Rabina Khan, Rahman's ally, for the new mayoral election on 11 June.

Does the left press reckon that Rahman didn't do what the court disqualified him for doing? Or that he did do it, but it was all right? It's hard to tell. I don't know if the writers in the left press even read the judgement.

Pretty much all the left press has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed his ally Rabina Khan in the new mayoral election.

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