Tuesday, 9 June 2009

UAF North East

A fantastic meeting tonight - big turnout (I'd guess at least 150, conservatively), lots of new faces, lots of contributions. I think there was broad agreement on the need to be active and calls for unity were warmly received. I think there's a real chance of pulling something progressive out of this disaster.

The SWP (my lot, in the interests of disclosure) have issued an 'open letter to the left' calling for unity, which at least tests the waters, and if enough people are serious about this it could be the start of something good. We could call it 'Episode 4(th International): A New Hope' or something.

Of course, it's not all good news. The left have currently decided to split over whether or not to pelt Nick Griffin with eggs. Forgive me if I don't see the downside on this one: the proud Fuhrer was going to have his nice'n'easy press conference being lobbed questions he could spout off about his vote and the need to 'control immigration' on from the lawn outside Parliament, so he could look like a proper politician or something. Instead, he ran away looking like this*:

I mean seriously, what's not to like?

*h/t Lenin


hpwatch said...

I liked the letter even though I am a member of a Small Party which is NOT the SWP ;)But then I've always been reasonably sympathetic to you lot, a quality my comrades don't necessarily share. There exists, um, a fair amount of bad feeling (some of it justified).

Posted on Lenin's blog sayin' the like tho my last encounter with him was less than friendly ;) But it's so fucking important now to work together....

Christie Malry said...

I agree wholeheartedly on the unity thing (obviously).

When I say 'I'm not really sure why' people have problems with the SWP, it's not that I haven't heard about 'things that were said' over the RESPECT break-up, or the dread words 'Socialist Alliance'. Rather that from my perspective it's very much he-said she-said (and frequently only referred to eliptically by people on either side of the factional divides) and I've long ago resigned myself to the fact that I'll never know exactly what happened, who was in the right (if anyone), or even what they were really arguing about.

So I'm just hoping that whatever it was, people can put our common interests first and worry about our different interpretations of socialism later...