John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

Queen Mary SWSS statement - Moving On

 

The call for an ‘outward looking’ SWSS is abstract, as being simply ‘outward looking’, if unable to interact with the outside, is idealistic and unclear. Rather than offer clear instruction or ideas on how to weather this storm, SWSS notes suggested the crisis within the party was minimal, citing a recent event at UEA with a CC member as being “very good and positive”, which it later emerged was not the case. If our student office, along with our leadership is failing to even admit that a problem has emerged, we do not know how we can proceed as a united party.

We share the desire to move on as a unified party, but recent developments have meant the crisis cannot be ignored and we cannot progress in this way. The mainstream and left wing media are awash with criticism, as are many loyal and committed party members and the CC must respond to this, giving members the opportunity to respond to this somewhat unexpected dramatic public reaction. It is because of this, because of the faith we have in our party members, because of the confidence we have in our tradition, because of our desire to make the SWP the strongest vanguard party that we can be, we urge the party leadership to reconsider their decision, to respond effectively to this crisis and to accept calls for student conference, create a commission over the Disputes Committee (while acknowledging that it would not be appropriate to reopen the cases discussed at conference) and Comrade Delta should not represent the party at this difficult time.

Queen Mary SWSS