Saturday, October 25, 2008

Nothing to do with us guv

Many years ago I bought a book from the bookshop of the SWP called 'The Stalin School of Falsification' by Leon Trotsky and it is good to see that in the latest edition of International Socialism the SWP has learned well the lessons of the past. Alex Callinicos, the SWPs leading 'theoritician', and longstanding member of the party's central commitee looks at the collapse of the Respect project and Scottish Socialist Party- luckily it has nothing to do with him.
The son of the Hon. Ædgyth Bertha Milburg Mary Antonia Frances Lyon-Dalberg-Acton correctly points out that;

"In Britain first the Scottish Socialist Party and then Respect split: when the rival fragments ran against each other, both sides predictably suffered electoral eclipse."

but neglects to mention which organisation was central to the splits in both the SSP and Respect, and prime mover in the resultant splinters on both sides of the border whose candidates "predictably suffered electoral eclipse".*

One question immediatly springs to mind, if the defeat of you're comrades was so predictable, then why was so much of your party's resources and it's members energies expended in those elections?

* The SWP, in case you haven't guessed.

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