Ruth Cashman: ‘How I became a socialist’

Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), describes how early-life experiences and reading books made her a socialist, and what socialism means to her. The first of three articles. Because my parents were socialist trade unionists — they met on an anti-fascist demo — we always talked … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘How I became a socialist’

New SWP split over ‘bullying’ and ‘sexism’

A group of prominent (UK) SWP members on Tyneside has resigned from that organisation, charging bullying, sexism and "oppression". It is worth noting, however, that one of these people, Yunus Bakhsh, has a record of thuggery against others on the left and, more recently, represented an alleged sexual predator, Paul Blackledge, against the UCU at … Continue reading New SWP split over ‘bullying’ and ‘sexism’

Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

Socialist Worker says Israel is the West's "attack dog" - and it's "got to go" - but provides little detail about how Israel is to be abolished, and by whom. By Dale Street When Sunderland Polytechnic Students Union (SPSU) banned a campus Jewish Society in 1985, Socialist Worker (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party) … Continue reading Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

The far-left and the coup: side-stepping the issues

By Rhodri Evans The Communist Party of Britain (Morning Star) claims that Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament was really the fault of the anti-Brexiters in Parliament. Other left groups and papers which have backed Brexit have been less off-the-wall, but maybe more confusing. Socialist Worker essentially calls on its readers to shout other slogans so … Continue reading The far-left and the coup: side-stepping the issues

50 years since troops went into Northern Ireland and the response of the UK left

A British soldier in Belfast, September 1969. In the background are local people. (AP Photo/Royle) Fifty years ago today (August 14th, 1969), the Labour home secretary James Callaghan ordered troops into Northern Ireland. This followed three days and two nights of violence in the mainly Catholic Bogside area of Derry. Trouble had also erupted in Belfast … Continue reading 50 years since troops went into Northern Ireland and the response of the UK left

The Satanic Verses, 30 years on

By Matt Cooper Last month saw the thirtieth anniversary of the campaign to ban The Satanic Verses and to kill the novel's author, Salman Rushdie. In mid-February 1989, following a riot against the book in Pakistan, the Ayatollah Khomeni, then Supreme Leader of Iran and a Shi'a Muslim scholar, issued a fatwa calling for the death of Rushdie and his … Continue reading The Satanic Verses, 30 years on

Ian Birchall on Colin Barker

Ian Birchall  at the r21 website, remembers the life of revolutionary socialist Colin Barker. Apart from the retailing of the traditional SWP line on Workers' Fight which is simply dishonest, Birchall's obit contains some warm personal remembrances and interesting material on tensions within the SWP: Colin (third from right) on an anti-fascist demonstration in Manchester in 2005.Colin Barker, … Continue reading Ian Birchall on Colin Barker

After Peoples’ Assembly demo flop: dig down to revive left activism

By Rhodri Evans (Workers Liberty) On 12 January, the People’s Assembly and other groups mounted their response to maybe the biggest parliamentary-political crisis ever in British history. They called a demonstration in London: “General election now!” The People’s Assembly is an anti­-cuts group run by the Counterfire split from the SWP, but getting active support and … Continue reading After Peoples’ Assembly demo flop: dig down to revive left activism

On Holocaust Memorial Day: Hitler on the road to Samara

Above: antisemitic conspiracy theories are alive and well today, masquerading as "anti Zionism" By Sean Matgamna (1991, revised 2006): Of course you know the story. A man is in the market place, and he sees Death, and Death looks at him intently, recognising him. In a panic, the man runs to his horse and gallops … Continue reading On Holocaust Memorial Day: Hitler on the road to Samara

SWP prepares the ground for Brexit volte face

The SWP national conference In a highly unusual (for them) move, the SWP have published a piece, in their "theoretical journal" International Socialism, opposing the group's majority line: In a hole and still digging: the left and Brexit by Wayne Asher This is a welcome indication that the SWP’s de facto Stalinist position on Brexit is coming under pressure from … Continue reading SWP prepares the ground for Brexit volte face