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John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

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Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

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

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Financial Appeal

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

Financial Appeal

IS Network Politics Conference

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As announced earlier this week, the IS Network’s Politics Conference has been rearranged to be on the weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October, to take place in London. Details of the venue will be available soon.

Each day will start at 10am and finish at 5pm. We expect to have three or four sessions on each day, with breaks for refreshments and food. A more detailed timetable will be proposed by the conference arrangements committee and will be subject to approval or amendment by the conference itself.

Conference arrangements committee

Alison L from the National Steering Committee is heading the conference arrangements committee and is looking for volunteers from among the wider membership to join her. The job of the conference arrangements committee is to propose the agenda to conference and to collate and manage the submissions from members to ensure that discussion pieces and motions are included in the relevant sessions. If you’d like to help Alison to organise the conference, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crèche

We aim to provide a crèche facility. Please let us know as soon as possible if you think you may wish to take advantage of this. Please also let us know if you are able to help with organising and staffing a crèche by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accommodation

We will be doing our best to help match up comrades needing accommodation with comrades who have a spare room/sofa/floor space. Let us know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.asap if you need help or if you can offer space.

Pre-conference bulletins

To facilitate as wide a pre-conference discussion as possible and to ensure the proceedings of the Politics Conference are determined by members, we are encouraging members to submit contributions to two pre-conference bulletins.

To give a little extra time compared to what was announced earlier this week, the deadline for the first bulletin is 5pm on Sunday 22 September. Contributions will be published by email to members and on the IS Network’s website by the end of Monday 23 September. The deadline for the second bulletin is 5pm on Sunday 13 October and these further contributions will be published by the end of Monday 14 October.

Types of contributions might include:

  • Agenda proposals – Which subjects should be covered, how many, how long should each session be?
  • Reports – What has worked well in your locality and what less so?
  • Position papers – What should be our attitude to developing initiatives on the left, and within the organisations of the class?
  • Motions – proposals for action by the IS Network or changes to how we work
  • Discussion documents – What is the IS Network for? How do we see the current terrain of class struggle, and what do we aim to do within it?
  • Conference procedure – How will each session be conducted and concluded?
  • Theoretical debate – How much of what we describe as ‘our tradition’ remains relevant, and what do we need to rethink?

The above are just a few of the examples which have occurred to us – your contribution can be on any subject and follow any approach. Pieces can be of any length – as short as you like, as long as you think people will read.

Send your contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The more contributions we receive before the first deadline of 5pm on Sunday 22 September, the more members will have to read, discuss and respond to in the second bulletin.

Get writing!

Steering Committee