Battle of Ideas

Brazil: the snare of short-cuts

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:42 Author: Andressa Alegre
PT demonstration

Brazilian socialist Andressa Alegre spoke to Solidarity about the experience with the governments led by the Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT) between 2003 and 2016

The PT, was founded during the military dictatorship, in the conflict against the dictatorship of 1964-85.

It came out of the union movement, mostly in Sao Paolo, and the steelworkers’ union. Lula, the first PT Federal President, came fro the steelworkers’ union..

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Will Haringey be Momentum’s first council?

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:50 Author: Elizabeth Butterworth
Haringey Local Government conference

On 4 May, there were two announcements significant to Haringey Labour.

One was that we won 42 seats in the council elections, with the Lib Dems winning 15. The other that the former Leader of Haringey Council, Claire Kober, had found a job in a major property development company, Pinnacle.

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Why some people in the labour movement act like managers

Submitted by martin on 29 April, 2018 - 12:12 Author: Martin Thomas
Management

The latest official returns to the Certification Office show these salaries for General Secretaries: Sally Hunt of the UCU on £142,000; Len McCluskey of Unite, £100,000; Dave Prentis of Unison, £131,000; Mick Cash of RMT, £150,000; Tim Roache of GMB, £126,000; Kevin Courtney of NEU, around £160,000; Mark Serwotka of PCS, £120,000.

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The lessons of Repeal the 8th

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 9:39 Author: Elizabeth Butterworth
Repeal 8th artwork

Elizabeth Butterworth reviews Repeal the 8th, edited by Una Mullally (2018, Unbound press)

Viewing the Repeal movement from my little shared one bed in north London, it’s easy to romanticise the struggle of my Irish sisters.

Many aspects of the Repeal movement deserve to be extolled and are genuinely moving. Whether Irish Repeal activists win or lose the referendum on 25 May – and it looks from the outside like they may win – the Repeal movement can provide useful lessons for activists around the world.

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Why Greece’s “left government” failed

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 12:32 Author: Dora Polenta
Syriza

The Syriza election was a reflection of the hard, militant class struggle by the working class and neighbourhood community movements against the attacks of the “Black Block” Memorandum governments of the years 2010 to 2012.

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21 lies the "Holocaust-mitigator" left tells itself on Israel/Palestine

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:16 Author: Sean Matgamna
Jordan refugee camp

A central fact of our political situation is that the left, especially the ostensible revolutionary left, is a major source of antisemitism — they say “anti-Zionism” — in the country and in the labour movement, including the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that there are pockets of antisemitism in the Labour Party. On the self-described revolutionary left you will find only pockets of opposition to the “anti-Zionism” which becomes antisemitism — AWL for example.

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The working-class suffragists of 1900

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 7:56 Author: Jill Mountford
Esther Roper

Part three of Jill Mountford’s series on the history of the struggle for women’s suffrage. Part one of this series was published in Solidarity 462 (here) and part two in Solidarity 463 (here). Parts four and five will appear in future issues.

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