In a letter to the national committee of the Respect coalition, which the SWP launched with him as front man in 2004, George Galloway MP declares that "relations between leading figures in Respect are at an all-time low", that the group's membership "has not grown... in some areas it has gone into a steep decline", and that it could easily face "oblivion" within the next year.
Under the puffy, jack-on-stilts style of Galloway's letter, two main issues appear.
One, Galloway wants a sharper focus on election foot-soldiering, and resents the SWP's attempts to make Respect a better vehicle for SWP recruitment and retention through a union-friendly face ("Organising for Fighting Unions") and a liberation-friendly face (big presence at Pride).
Two, Galloway wants more organisational control, through a National Organiser close to him, and resents having SWPers "pop up as staff members" of Respect.
Is Galloway using "reasonable" grievances to separate himself from the SWP?
He had already announced (10 August) that he will stand at the next general election not in Bethnal Green and Bow (where he might have a chance of keeping his seat), but in Poplar and Canning Town, where in 2005 Respect thought it had done well to get 16.9% as against Labour's 40.1%.
He faces an 18-day suspension from Parliament, due to start on 8 October, after a report by the House of Commons committee on standards and privileges.
Fortunately for Galloway, newspaper accounts of the committee report - like the one in the Guardian, 24 July - glossed over the detail of that report. But he may be thinking that his luck cannot last forever. There may well be further investigations of his links with the Saddam regime.
Disgracefully, none of this - no aspect of the undeniedly close relations between Galloway and one of the most intensely fascistic dictatorships of recent decades - is even marginally an issue in the conflict between him and the SWP.
Unless Galloway has decided that time is up for him in British parliamentary politics, and has another career option secured, plain common sense would compel (and enable) Galloway and SWP to smooth over the tactical disputes listed in Galloway's letter.
But when "relations between leading figures... are at an all-time low", sometimes even the most smoothable disputes cannot be smoothed. Will Galloway read the SWP's decision to respond by mobilising its members through special SWP meetings across the country as an attempt to "mob" him?
We don't know. What we do know is that the break-up of Respect would be a step forward - removing something which discredits the left - and could jolt large numbers of committed and good-hearted socialists in the SWP to a rethink on the whole sorry direction that brought them into this sleazy alliance.
More information at the Socialist Unity blog. For convenience, below are the two main documents.