Left Unity must embrace TUSC:

  • Tom
  • May 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm
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  • I think there are problems with this analysis. Firstly there is no recognition of the hostility to the SWP and SP by many regular contributors here and elsewhere in cyberspace. Richard is turning a blind eye to the foaming-at-the-mouth brigade who demand mechanisms for excluding the SWP. This is particularly important for these people because the endorsement of one-member-one-vote would help the SWP to take over the organisation at an early stage (or very nearly take over it) if they wanted to do that. And this is one reason why the SP in particular is keen on some kind of federal structure. I don’t think the first national meeting thought through the consequences of all of this. Richard does make the case for using individual recruitment of SWP members, which I have no problem with. It is definitely better than the sectarianism of many members. Nevertheless, there are a few problems with this ‘solution’. Firstly, just because Left Unity may endorse dual membership we don’t know if the SWP will reciprocate. Until we get reassurances on this, recruiting SWP members individually is akin to the Stalinised KPD’s united front from below ultimatism. Left Unity has to bring on board not merely a few handfuls of SWP members, but the entire membership. En masse.
  • The same goes for the SP. Unless Left Unity agitates for this, then it is going to degenerate into just one more sect. This will be inevitable because it will force the SWP and SP into standing candidates against Left Unity, either as TUSC or under some other banner. Richard probably agrees with my enthusiasm for recruiting the SWP. At least I hope he does. But if he doesn’t he needs to say so, so we can debate the pros and cons. And if he does agree with me, he will have to say so explicitly because a huge section of Left Unity opposes the SWP, and the SP, joining. These sectarians only agree to SWP members joining so long as they don’t do so in significant numbers. And that, to be frank, is sectarianism.
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