National Sections of the L5I:

Britain

Respect’s crisis is opportunity for new workers party

In early September Respect MP George Galloway circulated a letter to the Respect National Council entitled “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. The letter appears to point to a possible early disintegration of the “Unity Coalition.” Galloway makes a series of bitter complaints about how Respect is run, ranging from complaints over office procedures to accusations of ineptitude in election work and a general lack of accountability and democracy. He ends by warning that Respect may be facing oblivion. Although he does not mention by name the organisation he holds responsible for all this, it is quite obviously the Socialist Workers Party. Read more...

The miners, the left and the general strike

Throughout the 1984 miners’ strike, Workers Power has fought for the TUC to call a general strike. We have argued that it is necessary in order to secure a victory for the miners and to smash the entire Tory offensive that the MacGregor closure plan is merely one part of. We have been justified by events. At the time of writing, the miners have been for three months a focus of solidarity action from militants throughout the labour movement and an encouragement for other sections of workers to go into struggle. If mass solidarity action or a general strike has not yet occurred, it is because of the treachery of the official leaders of our movement, and the cowardice, muddle headedness and confusion of the left reformist and centrist “opposition” to them. To put it bluntly, the TUC has been given a free ride! Read more...

Socialist Workers Party: revolutionaries and the movement

The Socialist Workers Party attracts many young people and workers because of its size and militancy. At Marxism you will hear that it stands for revolutionary politics and building the party, there will be sessions in which the SWP leaders speak about Lenin and Marx and a whole series of famous revolutions. However what is most important is not the political lessons drawn in the meetings rooms at Marxism, but whether they are applied amongst workers in their everyday struggles. Read more...

Scotland and independence

The collapse in support for Labour has raised the prospect of a victory for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the Scottish Parliament elections in May. Read more...

SWP: The road to Respect

The origins of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) lie in the programmatic disputes in the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), the British section of the Fourth International, in the period after the Second World War. Before his assassination in 1940, Trotsky had anticipated that Stalinism in the Soviet Union would not survive a war with Germany and that the war itself would lead to the kind of revolutionary upsurge that had followed the First World War. In such conditions, the Fourth International, with its record of maintaining the revolutionary tradition of the Bolsheviks and the early Communist International and armed with a programme that called for political revolution in the Soviet Union to regain control of the planned economy and a social revolution based on workers’ councils and workers’ militia in the imperialist countries, would be able to play a similar role to that of the Bolsheviks at the end of the First World War. Read more...

Tens of thousands march in Manchester

Evidence of the growing discontent with the Labour government was shown on the streets of Manchester on 23rd September, when 50,000 people marched around the Labour Party conference venue, G-Mex. It was the biggest demonstration in Manchester since the Chartists, 150 years ago, and the biggest mobilisation against the Labour Party in its history. Read more...

Scottish Socialist Party splits

A day after a Scottish Socialist Party rally in a Glasgow hotel launched its 2007 election campaign before 300 faithful members, Tommy Sheridan booked himself into the same hotel and told twice as many recruits that he was founding a new party called Solidarity. Read more...

Scottish Socialist Party: left regroupment in crisis

The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) has often been held up as a model left unity but it now finds itself in crisis. Read more...

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