National Sections of the L5I:

Britain

SWP and party democracy

How should a revolutionary party organise itself? The Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky once explained:

"Without internal democracy  no revolutionary education. Without discipline  no revolutionary action. The internal structure of the Fourth International is based on the principles of democratic centralism: full freedom in discussion, complete unity in action." Read more...

Can Scotland go it alone?

The Scottish National Party, under the leadership of Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, has built up its support since devolution by appealing to disillusioned Labour supporters on the one hand, and forging a close relationship with Scottish capitalists, like former Royal Bank of Scotland chief George Mathewson and Stagecoach head Brian Souter, on the other. Read more...

Save Mehdi Kazemi

The hypocrisy of the British state knows no bounds, writes Mark Booth. While drumming up support for a war with Iran, based upon the oppression and barbaric nature of the theocratic regime, the government is intent on deporting Iranian asylum seekers, who face death at the hands of the regime. Read more...

Brown denies democratic process on EU constitution

Gordon Brown has ignored the democratic process for the second time since becoming prime minister (the first being his unopposed coronation). By denying the British people a referendum on the European Union Reform Treaty, despite 75 per cent wanting one, he is forcing through the 2000 “Lisbon agenda” to “Americanise” Europe with devastating effects on the working class, the youth, and the poor. This treaty is considered to be 90 per cent the same as the European Constitution voted down by the Dutch and French masses in 2005. Read more...

Respect’s crisis is opportunity for new workers party

In early September Respect MP George Galloway circulated a letter to the Respect National Council entitled “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. The letter appears to point to a possible early disintegration of the “Unity Coalition.” Galloway makes a series of bitter complaints about how Respect is run, ranging from complaints over office procedures to accusations of ineptitude in election work and a general lack of accountability and democracy. He ends by warning that Respect may be facing oblivion. Although he does not mention by name the organisation he holds responsible for all this, it is quite obviously the Socialist Workers Party. Read more...

The miners, the left and the general strike

Throughout the 1984 miners’ strike, Workers Power has fought for the TUC to call a general strike. We have argued that it is necessary in order to secure a victory for the miners and to smash the entire Tory offensive that the MacGregor closure plan is merely one part of. We have been justified by events. At the time of writing, the miners have been for three months a focus of solidarity action from militants throughout the labour movement and an encouragement for other sections of workers to go into struggle. If mass solidarity action or a general strike has not yet occurred, it is because of the treachery of the official leaders of our movement, and the cowardice, muddle headedness and confusion of the left reformist and centrist “opposition” to them. To put it bluntly, the TUC has been given a free ride! Read more...

Socialist Workers Party: revolutionaries and the movement

The Socialist Workers Party attracts many young people and workers because of its size and militancy. At Marxism you will hear that it stands for revolutionary politics and building the party, there will be sessions in which the SWP leaders speak about Lenin and Marx and a whole series of famous revolutions. However what is most important is not the political lessons drawn in the meetings rooms at Marxism, but whether they are applied amongst workers in their everyday struggles. Read more...

Scotland and independence

The collapse in support for Labour has raised the prospect of a victory for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the Scottish Parliament elections in May. Read more...

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