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Growing divisions in the Socialist Party?

This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
A few weeks back I pondered on the question of whether there would be a split in the Socialist Party, which following the collapse of its rival, the Socialist Workers Party, is the “largest” far-left political party on the far-left. Of course this position could change in November if [...]

Left-Right convergence watch

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a Tea Party favorite and likely candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, approvingly quoted leftwing former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (now affiliated with libertarian former Congressman Ron Paul’s Institute for Peace and Prosperity) that an American attack on the Assad regime would turn the U.S. into “al Qaeda’s [...]

Socialist Action: hidden in plain sight

This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
One of the most secretive organisations on the far left of British politics is the tiny, yet ever present Socialist Action group lead by John Ross, a former member of the International Marxist Group (IMG). Earlier this year the Progress website reported on the appointment of a former SA member [...]

Ed, Falkirk and the Westminster Bubble

This is a cross-post by Phil BC
And so the infamous “Falkirk episode” comes to a conclusion by way of a press release squeezed out on a Friday afternoon. The co-accused, Karie Murphy and Stevie Deans, have had the suspensions from the party lifted, and the powers-that-be conclude there is no case to answer. Reciprocating, Murphy [...]

Do you dress (down) to the left or the right?

I quite enjoyed this piece by Dan Hodges yesterday on the ‘left wing mandatory tweet’ – it prompted me to have an anxious check through my timeline to make sure I had filled my LMT quota. This was perhaps my favourite:
5) “Solidarity with x”. Every member of the Left must send a “solidarity” tweet once [...]

Just when you thought ‘Socialist Unity’ couldn’t get any worse

This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
Perhaps I was being a bit naive when I thought that the political content of the totally misnamed Socialist Unity website could not get any worse when I saw the latest missive from John Wight published yesterday under the title Stephen Fry’s call for the Winter Olympics to be moved [...]

Why do they call themselves ‘Socialist Unity’?

This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
One of the more bizarre blogs on the Internet is the one run by Andy Newman and policed by Tony Collins called, astoundingly, “Socialist” Unity. Of course there are all sorts of people who call themselves socialists, most of whom accuse the others of not being the same or worse [...]

Is the Socialist Party heading for a split?

This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
The Weekly Worker ran one its more self indulgent reports last week with an article about a meeting held by the Socialist Party in Ireland to discuss the resignation of four of its members. I suppose if you belong to such a tiny organisation the loss of four comrades must [...]

Andy Newman turns to the dark side of the force

This is a guest post by Howard Fuller
When I was younger I used to feel slightly envious of the local Vicar who would wander into the pub in the evening and be offered drinks by all and sundry, always taking “just a half” until he had imbibed enough and then wandering back across to the [...]

A new report from One Law for All

Siding with the Oppressor: The Pro-Islamist Left (pdf) was flagged over on Maryam Namazie’s blog yesterday. It brings together criticisms of many of Harry’s Place own favourite targets: Stop the War Coalition, Respect, George Galloway and UAF for example. There are some great reminders here of just how crap the StWC was and is.
These and [...]