Left Unity in Britain

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Information about Left Unity in Britain

Published on October 20, 2009

Author: liammacuaid

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Notes for a talk at a Socialist Resistance meeting surveying the class struggle left's readiness for the 2010 General Election

British situation Contrast with Portugal, Germany, Greece, France Series of misfires 2010 election compares unfavourably to 2001 and 98 Socialist Alliance candidates

Contrast with Portugal, Germany, Greece, France

Series of misfires

2010 election compares unfavourably to 2001 and 98 Socialist Alliance candidates

Disastrous situation for left after elections for the European Parliament Conference a chance to discuss the possibility of a common framework for the left in the general election Having modest growth in pockets Respect

Disastrous situation for left after elections for the European Parliament

Conference a chance to discuss the possibility of a common framework for the left in the general election

Having modest growth in pockets

Profile Respect has poor profile on the issue of the economic crisis and the defence of jobs. Insufficient for an election campaign Absent from many areas

Respect has poor profile on the issue of the economic crisis and the defence of jobs.

Insufficient for an election campaign

Absent from many areas

Chances Respect only party on left with a chance of a Westminster seat Focus on East London and South Birmingham Little to benefit by Respect going into any new formation if it loses electoral gains

Respect only party on left with a chance of a Westminster seat

Focus on East London and South Birmingham

Little to benefit by Respect going into any new formation if it loses electoral gains

Son of No 2 EU “ Help build the campaign for a socialist alternative and for a trade union based electoral challenge to cuts and unemployment.” Socialist Party Lacks RMT support CPB voted to take no further part. Will stand own candidates and support Labour

“ Help build the campaign for a socialist alternative and for a trade union based electoral challenge to cuts and unemployment.” Socialist Party

Lacks RMT support

CPB voted to take no further part.

Will stand own candidates and support Labour

RMT conference November 7 on ‘The crisis in working class representation’. “ The conference will be non-binding and non-resolution-based to discuss with like-minded socialists and trade unionists how best to defend and promote working class interests.” Just like last year.

November 7 on ‘The crisis in working class representation’.

“ The conference will be non-binding and non-resolution-based to discuss with like-minded socialists and trade unionists how best to defend and promote working class interests.”

Just like last year.

SWP appeal “ Urgent need” for “a political alternative to Labour that can unite the left” Limited response Not clear why

“ Urgent need” for “a political alternative to Labour that can unite the left”

Limited response

Not clear why

People’s Charter Supported by most currents on the political left and by trade unions including the RMT Has enough content to annoy bureaucrats who reject any real challenge to Brown and New Labour. A basis on which Labour’s left MPs could work with some union leaders and activists Supporters in large affiliated unions could take up fight to break the stranglehold of the link to Labour

Supported by most currents on the political left and by trade unions including the RMT

Has enough content to annoy bureaucrats who reject any real challenge to Brown and New Labour.

A basis on which Labour’s left MPs could work with some union leaders and activists

Supporters in large affiliated unions could take up fight to break the stranglehold of the link to Labour

Slow and uncertain Recent history makes unity slow and uncertain. Likely to be arrangement allowing organisations to stand under own name Will be necessary to vote Labour in some areas if no clear anti-war, pro-working class candidate

Recent history makes unity slow and uncertain.

Likely to be arrangement allowing organisations to stand under own name

Will be necessary to vote Labour in some areas if no clear anti-war, pro-working class candidate

Outlook Tory victory or very weak Labour government. Support credible pro-working class candidates where standing. Support Labour where none available

Tory victory or very weak Labour government.

Support credible pro-working class candidates where standing.

Support Labour where none available

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