- If Left Unity stands for witch hunts against the Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party, then count me out. That would reduce it to a sick joke. I don’t want an electoral pact between TUSC and Left Unity as a long term goal because those are liable to crumble at a moment’s notice. What I would like to see is a broad workers’ party that allows both of those organisations to operate within Left Unity as the bolshevik faction did inside the RSDLP, or both the SWP and SP supporters did within the SSP. The model we should propose, I would suggest, is like the pre-WWI SPD. That had a centrist wing around Kautsky, a reformist wing around Bernstein (which could cater for Mark’s needs) and a revolutionary wing around Rosa Luxemburg. Rosa failed to organise very well. Hopefully, Left Unity’s revolutionary wing will prove less amateurish. There is no good reason why Arthur Scargill, George Galloway, Owen Jones, John McDonnell, the SWP, SP, Ken Loach and the rest of the 7,000 can’t work together within a single party, with Bob Crow, Matt Wrack, Mark Serwotka and many other trade union leaders and members. Mark Perryman might want to ponder on elections inside the trade union movement. Read this in this week’s party notes of the SWP: http://www.swp.org.uk/party-notes
Jerry Hicks won nearly 80,000 votes in the election for the Unite general secretary – an extraordinary 36 percent despite the fact that virtually every one of Unite’s full time officials (and most of the organised left) had thrown their weight behind current general secretary Len McCluskey. See http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art/33011/Jerry+Hicks+gets+an+amazing+80,000+v… The result proves that the SWP was right when we said there was a big audience that was not content with McCluskey’s strong rhetoric but little action and his support for Labour.
[comment left on Mark Perryman’s article on Left Unity website: http://leftunity.org/were-having-a-party/]