An old Labour council trick is to announce £30 million in cuts and then, a little later, declare they’ve managed to find a bit of money to reduce the cuts to a mere £19 million. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief; things aren’t as bad as were expected.
Last week AWL activists leafleted SWP meetings to try to engage SWP members over their organisations support for a vote for the Muslim Brotherhood in the Egyptian presidential elections.
Generally we found SWP members unwilling even to take our leaflet, never mind read it and discuss. If a debate had actually taken place it might have looked like this.
A court of judges appointed by Egypt’s disgraced former president Hosni Mubarak last week (June 13) dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament elected last year — in the first proper elections in Egypt’s recent history.
At the start of June Egyptian activists rallied to remember Khaled Said, a young man killed two years ago by Mubarak’s police, sparking protests that eventually brought down the dictator.
On the face of it, there is some force to the SWP line that voting for the Freedom and Justice Party — the Muslim Brotherhood — in the final round of the Egyptian presidential election is preferable to allowing Ahmed Shafiq, the candidate of the old Mubarak regime, to win (Phil Marfleet, Socialist Worker 2 June).
In the run-off vote for the Egyptian presidency on 16-17 June, Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister and a long-time ally of ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, is facing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi.
In Egypt’s 2011-12 parliamentary elections reactionary religious parties swept the board.
Pete Radcliff visited Cairo earlier this month. He reports on the political situation facing democracy and trade union activists.
International Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
Nottingham socialist Pete Radcliff will give a report back from his recent visit to Cairo and introduce a discussion on 'what next?' for the Egyptian revolution.