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Black Friday: Learning from defeat

An article from 1984, after the TUC sold out the struggle at the Stockport Messengernewspaper, pointing to the similarity with Black Friday in 1921 Read more...

Communists and the Labour Party: Expelling the Left Wing – The lessons of the 1920s

In a period when the leadership of the Labour Party is once again setting out on its well trodden course of “cleansing” the Labour Party of “Marxists and Trotskyists”  it is highly appropriate to look at the very first witch-hunt in the Party’s history. During the 1920’s the right wing set out to drive the Communists from the Party. Read more...

Communism vs Municpalism: The struggle in Poplar 1919-21

Some sixty years after the word 'Poplarism" was first coined, the struggle between local Labour councils and Tory central government has lost none of its importance. While, after the humiliating retreats of Lambeth, Lothian and the Greater London Council it becomes more and more difficult for "left" councillors to invoke the militant heritage of the Poplar council, it is more important than ever to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of that movement. Read more...

Part one of a History of the Labour Party: The road to Labour Representation

Part one of a History of the Labour Party : The road to Labour Representation

The History of the original Labour Representation Committee, by Jon Lewis Read more...

Ireland: Labour's Bloody Years

Despite all the sabre rattling between Callaghan and Thatcher in the run up to the election, one issue provoked no lively debates, no clashes where Labour 'lefts' could let off a bit of anti-Tory rhetoric. That issue was Ireland. Read more...

Party and Programme: Bolshevism Versus Opportunism 1903 - 1912 - Part 2

This article is devoted to the debate on the political and organisational heritage of Trotskyism and Leninism to which the Workers' Socialist League, the International Marxist Group and the International-Communist League contributed in the 1970s Read more...

Euro-Stalinism: Its enemies and its accomplices

In this article from Workers Power in 1978 Dave Hughes examines the crisis of European Stalinism, the emergence of the Euro-Communist trend and the impact it had on various Trotskyist groups Read more...

Party and Programme: from communism to social democracy - Part 1

In the 1970s, Dave Hughes, a founder member of Workers Power and the Movement for a Revolutionary Communist International, wrote a series of articles on party and programme to explain the importance of programme in Marx, Engels and Lenin. Part one deals with the debate in Germany during Marx's lifetime Read more...