Workers' Liberty 21, May 1995

Militancy and Solidarity On the Docks in the 1960s: Remembering....

Submitted by martin on 3 November, 2009 - 9:23 Author: Sean Matgamna
Solidarity

Nothing will ever efface for me the memory of my first real strike - on the Salford docks - the first time I saw my class acting as a surging, uncontrolled force breaking the banks of routine capitalist industrial life and, for a while, pitting itself against those who control our lives.

The SWP and British troops in Ireland in 1969

Submitted by Anon on 3 March, 2008 - 6:35 Author: Rachel Lever

In August 1969 the major group on the far left in Britain, panicked by the pogroms in Belfast and Derry, were so relieved to see the British troops go into action that for nearly a whole year they dropped the slogan 'British Troops Out'.

For months before August when the British troops had no role in Northern Ireland affairs, they had made Troops Out one of their main slogans. It was a front page headline in Socialist Worker in April 1969! In August, when the troops moved centre stage, it was eloquently dropped.

Editorial. Clause 4: the dress rehearsal

Submitted by martin on 24 March, 2007 - 2:40

We go to press just before Labour’s special conference vote on Clause Four.
Our supporters will do everything they can to maximise the vote in support of common ownership on April 29, and win, lose or draw the serious left will keep up the fight for socialist policies inside the Labour Party.
It is worth spelling out why.
Marxists worked in the Labour Party before it adopted Clause Four. We will continue to work inside Labour if Clause Four is abandoned.
We do so because of what Labour is.

When IS couldn’t say “Troops Out”

Submitted by cathy n on 20 March, 2007 - 4:25 Author: Rachel Lever

By Rachel Lever*

In August 1969 the major group on the far left in Britain, panicked by the pogroms in Belfast and Derry, were so relieved to see the British troops go into action that for nearly a whole year they dropped the slogan “British Troops Out.”

For months before August, when the British troops had no role in Northern Ireland affairs, they had made Troops Out one of their main slogans. It was a front page headline in Socialist Worker in April 1969. In August, when the troops moved centre stage, it was eloquently dropped!

The perspective of the long haul

Submitted by cathy n on 20 March, 2007 - 4:05

By Ray Challinor

I was involved with the organisation from the first meeting. If I remember correctly that was October 1950.

There were 34 members. But that really exaggerates the size of the organisation. A number of the members had been in the Open Party faction of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) — that is, they did not want the RCP to fold up — and were really burnt-out. These people quickly dropped out.
Our biggest branch was Birmingham with six members.

I lived in Crewe and was associated with the Manchester branch.