I want to re-emphasize that every SWP loyalists must take it as a given that no matter how carefully they confiscate mobile phones, and sweep for bugs, Richard Seymour will have sold out the party to Isobel Oakshott, Andrew Neil, Cathy Newman, Tom Bradby, etc., etc., etc..
I guess it is possible that the central committee will be able to locate and destroy all covert surveillance equipment before conference starts. I suppose it is theoretically possible that not a single member of Richard Seymour’s faction will try to record (visually too if possible) everything that happens, not out of loyalty and discipline (of which they have neither), but because they’re terrified of being caught red-handed, exposed as in the pocket of the capitalist media and capitalist state. I guess that is theoretically possible.
Nevertheless, every SWP loyalist would do well to behave themselves. Take a leaf out of the book of good Catholics wanting a peaceful afterlife. There is (or may be) an omniscient Big Brother keeping an eye on you. So don’t blow it!
Andy Newman has predicted an explosion of violence, possibly not degenerating into actual physical contact, merely expressions of rage. I can understand why comrades may want to let off steam given all the provocations, libels and slanders they have been subject to these past months. However, everyone needs to assume that conference is not some closed-off affair, a refuge from a hostile bourgeois world.
Letting off steam because that makes you feel better may help the enemies of the SWP much more than it helps you. You will not be warned that everything you say is being taken down and will be used against you in a court of law, or merely in the court of public opinion, but you just don’t know. Better safe than sorry, comrades. Careless talk costs lives. Don’t be tricked into incriminating yourselves. Work on the assumption that Andrew Neil’s political ally on Sunday Politics (Isobel Oakshott) is doing what all Rupert Murdoch hacks love to do more than anything else: record you without your permission.