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

Zionism and the Left, from Arendt to Chomsky

Barry Finger reviews Susie Linfield’s book The Lions’ Den, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2019 “How has it come to this?” asks Susie Linfield. “How has ‘Zionist,’ sometimes shortened to the disparaging ‘Zio,’ become the dirtiest word to the international Left—akin, say to racist, pedophile or rapist?… “How is it that signs proclaiming … Continue reading Zionism and the Left, from Arendt to Chomsky

Matgamna: Corbyn is reactionary on Europe

Above: Corbyn with his pro-Brexit Stalinist adviser Seumas Milne By Sean Matgamna Labour’s victory in the Peterborough by-election on 6 June was of course good news. It was also bad news. It seemed to vindicate the Labour leadership’s political cloak-work and shilly-shallying on the EU. In the 2016 referendum Labour fought Brexit. Now, behind the … Continue reading Matgamna: Corbyn is reactionary on Europe

Statement from the ISO: the vote to dissolve and what comes next

The (American) International Socialist Organization (ISO), who run the SocialistWorker.org website (but for many years have had no connection with the British SWP), have voted to dissolve themselves following revelations of a seriously mishandled sexual assault allegation. The ISO struck us at Shiraz as one of the healthier far left groups in the world and we've … Continue reading Statement from the ISO: the vote to dissolve and what comes next

Labour’s antisemitism crisis: an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from Sean Matgamna

Dear comrade Corbyn, How has the crisis that grips the new, new Labour Party on antisemitism come about? How has it come to be the major scandal it is now? Yes, the charge of antisemitism is now a weapon of the Tories, the Labour right, and the media against the Labour Party. The question that … Continue reading Labour’s antisemitism crisis: an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from Sean Matgamna

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

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