Socialist Alliance

Does the labour movement need a Marxist educationalist group like the AWL?

Submitted by dalcassian on 9 February, 2014 - 10:07

An examination of the role of a Marxist “Fighting Educationalist Group” in the class struggle and in the transformation of existing labour movements.

Click here for other discussion of the same issue.

“It is necessary to find the particular link in the chain which must be grasped with all one’s strength in order to keep the whole chain in place and prepare to move on resolutely to the next link.”

V I Lenin

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How to make left unity

Submitted by Matthew on 1 May, 2013 - 7:43

The political situation makes a strong case for left unity.

The letter below has been sent to SWP, SP, Left Unity, ISN, ACI, Counterfire, Socialist Resistance, Workers' Power, and Weekly Worker.

Click here to download as pdf.

Hi comrades,


Submitted by Rick Grogan on Fri, 10/05/2013 - 12:01

In total agreement with this article. Let us hope that something comes from it.
I have been sickened over the years by the in fighting between left factions, the careerism of Union leaders and politicians & the faint hearts of our leadership.
I have watched the left tear itself apart for 4o years. I thought Militant was going to bring about the revolution in the 70s. When it came under attack it split instead of building and fighting back.
WHAT HAPPENED TO WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE? The bosses have globalised, now we must follow suit and build a leadership worthy of the task.

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The “second coming” of George Galloway

Submitted by Matthew on 11 April, 2012 - 9:45

Some parts of the left have greeted Respect’s success in Bradford West with what can properly be described as religious enthusiasm. Writing over the Easter weekend on Britain’s most widely read socialist blog, one long-time activist even described the spectacular by-election overturn as “the second coming”.

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Tyneside debates: “Can the left unite?”

Submitted by Newcastle on 30 July, 2009 - 6:15 Author: Ed Whitby

About 60 socialists, activists and trade unionists attended a Tyneside Socialist Forum open meeting about left unity on 15 July.

The timing of the meeting wasn't ideal, as most students had left for the summer, but still the organised left turned out (Socialist Workers Party, Revolutionary Communist Group, Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, Labour Representation Committee, as well as Green Party). Trade unions were also represented including PCS, Unison, and Unite. Although the Socialist Party could not attend No2EU was represented by the RMT Regional Organiser.

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Socialist Alliance call makes progress in North East

Submitted by Newcastle on 16 July, 2009 - 9:20

Several dozen activists in the North East have signed the call issued by Workers’ Liberty for a new Socialist Alliance.

There is special interest in the area because of the existence of groupings such as Tyneside Socialist Forum and Teesside Solidarity Network — forums in which socialists from different tendencies and none can come together in common activity and debate.

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Is the People’s Charter the answer?

Submitted by Anon on 26 June, 2009 - 7:45 Author: Joe Flynn

The groups involved in the “No2EU” coalition for the Euro-election — the RMT union leadership group around Bob Crow, the Communist Party of Britain (Morning Star), the Socialist Party, and the Alliance for Green Socialism — are due to meet again before 28 June to discuss a “son of No2EU” project for the coming general election.

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Union leaders start to bark, but will they bite?

Submitted by Anon on 26 June, 2009 - 7:45 Author: Martin Thomas

Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB general union, used his speech to the GMB congress in Blackpool (15 June) to call for the Labour Party to select “fresh working-class candidates that people can relate to”.

“Now is the time to select and elect 40 to 50 fresh real people, real trade unionists, people who actually know how much a pint of milk costs, and what it is like to get on a bus, MPs driven by commitment rather than being worried about being driven by a chauffeur”.

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No unity in Scotland

Submitted by Anon on 26 June, 2009 - 7:45 Author: Dale Street

According to an Open Letter distributed in Glasgow by members of Solidarity (the 2006 breakaway from the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP)), which has also been posted on the Socialist Unity website:

“It is our understanding that a group of prominent Scottish trade unionists linked to none of the parties of the left in Scotland are in the formative stages of brokering left unity talks specifically on the issue of the Glasgow North East constituency [i.e. Michael Martin’s seat, where a by-election is due to be called].

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