Prospects for the "son of No2EU" coalition for the coming general election look poor. The Executive of the RMT rail union has adopted a policy on the General Election that does not include backing the coalition.
The groups which took part in the "No2EU" coalition for the Euro-elections of June 2009 - the Communist Party of Britain (Morning Star), the Socialist Party, and the Alliance for Green Socialism - have been meeting since then to try to agree on a new coalition for the general election.
RMT rail union general secretary Bob Crow has been taking part in the talks, but not the RMT as such, although the RMT did endorse "No2EU".
Now the RMT Executive has voted not to back the coalition. We understand that the chief reasons for this were that the RMT Executive wanted to focus RMT's election effort on winning the re-elections of MPs in the RMT parliamentary group (all Labour) and felt there was not enough broader trade-union support for the coalition venture.
The Executive decision leaves the door open for particular coalition candidates - if the coalition goes ahead - to get support from RMT nationally on the basis of endorsement by local RMT branches.
RMT activists are not unhappy with the Executive decision, but they are unhappy with the fact that there was no broader discussion in the RMT - virtually none over the whole seven months that "son of No2EU" talks have been going on, and virtually none when "No2EU" was being formed, either.
The political groups are due to meet again on 7 January, and maybe to announce a name and "core policies" for the coalition then, though that announcement has been promised before.
We understand that if the coalition goes ahead, the SWP will seek to participate on the basis of running a small number of SWP candidates under the coalition banner in selected constituencies.