A New Initiative

It might only be an electoral coalition, but the long wait for ‘Son of No2EU’ seems to be over – the Socialist Party has announced the creation of a ‘Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’.  Even though it doesn’t have any national union backing, it does have the personal support of Bob Crow (which is significant) and Brian Caton of the POA (less significant as he’s in the Socialist Party).  It’s not clear at the moment who else is involved, but it would be good if the Communist Party and smaller groups threw their hats into the ring, to ensure that it genuinely is a uniting of left forces rather than just the Socialist Party and a few leading trade unionists (however impressive these are).

I’ve argued on this blog before that a new broad left workers party is essential, a drum the Socialist Party have also been banging for a while now.  It’s clear that any differences that exist in the Labour Party are purely of presentation, whether to be honest about making cuts t0 public services or whether to pretend that you won’t, while secretly planning on it.  The eccentricities of the electoral system mean that when Labour lose in May or June, they lose a lot more narrowly than their popular vote warrants.  The right-wing union leaders and some in the blogging world will no doubt harbour illusions that the party can somehow be won back, but the only decent thing a socialist can do would be to contribute towards killing off the party.

Talking of bloggers, I was sad to see that Nation of Duncan, and Leftwing Criminologist (who also blogged at the newer site ‘And Now for Something Completely Sectarian‘) have called it a day.  Time is a precious commodity for active socialists, and I can understand why they have decided to do this, but it is unfortunate all the same.  Both have supported this blog, and I am grateful to them for that, as well as the many excellent posts they have contributed over the years.

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One Response to A New Initiative

  1. Mary Jane says:

    The CP has in fact pulled out, and had this to say:
    “From the bureaucratic, top-down and secretive manner the coalition has been put together, a strong, negative message has been sent out. There is no democracy. Nor bottom-up structures through which supporters can elect representatives and debate and in due course arrive at policy decisions. Bob Crow and an invited inner core get to decide everything of importance.”

    Also, the CP has revealed the TUSC will only accept groups that have a certain amount of ‘social weight’, so the ‘core group’ think they’re important enough to sideline those that not only are very active, but groups that together represent a substantial and very important part of the left.

    The majority of people have given up on politics because deep down they understand that, whichever party is in power, they have no control. We have been trying to give people the belief, the confidence and the means to change things, and the TUSC seems to be doing precisely the opposite, for whatever reason. In fact, the left hasn’t even reached the very basic stage of having democratically- elected committees which would attract even more to the movement.

    A suggestion, if I may – At any reasonably large demo you’ll find half a dozen little-known revolutionary groups, especially among the youth. The entire membership of the SP and SWP should be going around these groups, contacting them and getting them into the practice of fighting alongside each other, ideally under a common name. The youth are more in touch with the social networking business, so our ideas will become pretty viral if they are passionate about them. A little advertising to counter the corporate brainwashing wouldn’t go amiss either.
    We should also go around asking workers on the picket to get on board, as they’ll be pissed off and militant enough to take a real opportunity to fight back, especially under the coming Tory government. We have to go further and put this idea to as many anti-fascist movements and community groups as we can, as they’ll soon be opposing an even more right-wing establishment. With all these actively involved, we will have the basis for a large-scale alliance.
    With just the basic alliance in place, news of workers’ struggles will become widespread, and society as a whole will become aware of them, with the media being completely unable to keep a lid on these events. This will give many more workers the confidence to fight, and the alliance will become larger.

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