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

IS Network steering committee teleconference minutes (26-viii-2014)

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IS Network steering committee teleconference minutes (26-viii-2014)

Present: Simon, Luke, Kat and James
Apologies: Kris

1. Ring round

Kris and James are coordinating the ring round of members and supporters for the national members meeting (NMM). In the meeting we agreed a set of points that we can use in the ring round (Simon to send them to Kris)

2. Some dates for your diary

(Please let us know of any omissions)

NHS demo in London on 6th September

The final leg of the 999 Call for the NHS Jarrow to London march.

Details are:
10.00 Depart Edmonton Green
11.45 Saturday lunch in Clissold Park, Hackney
14.00 MARCH TO PARLIAMENT Assemble Unite Head office, 128 Theobald’s Road, WC1X 8TN

Left Unity Trade Union meeting - 13th September

Chadswell Healthy Living Centre, Harrison Street, London, WC1H 8JE

Plan C FFW2014 - Friday 12th - Sunday 14th September

YHA Edale
Programme and additional info:

Transphobia meeting - Sat 20th September

Goldsmiths, London

The International Fight for Climate Jobs - For a Future that doesn't Cost the Earth - Sat 20th September

London Metropolitan University

Next National Council of Left Unity - 20th September


Women's writing workshop - 21st September 

Contact Alison L for details

Left Unity branch organisers dayschool - 4th October


ISN members involved in branch organising should make sure they get booked on it by responding to the email that will be out shortly.

Strikes by Unison/GMB/Unite in local government - 14th October

TUC demonstration in London on 18th October