Happy Christmas, the ULA, and Merry diminishing participation! December 14, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.
Never a dull moment these days. Depressing ones, sure. Difficult ones, yep. But dull, no. I have to admit that talking to a few of us from the CLR this week the subject came up in conversation that there was an odd dearth of SP voices on the site over the past while. The perhaps unkind suggestion came up that perhaps something was afoot as regards the ULA.
And lo and behold! It appears from the latest statement that:
For the Socialist Party, the battle against the household and property taxes is a priority, and it will take more of our focus and work and as mentioned, in that context we will be diminishing our participation in the ULA.
However, in doing this we are not in any way stepping away from the struggle to help to build a new working class party on a principled basis. That is precisely what can happen in an organic way, by fighting on these issues which can potentially bring thousands of ordinary working class people into activity, which is essential if a new mass working class party is to be built.
It’s a fascinating statement and well worth reading.
I’ve noted before that there was a curious tension at the heart of the ULA, a dynamic where almost from the off it seemed that some involved didn’t want it to become much more than it was while on the other hand others didn’t want to be seen to be the first to pull the plug, while there appeared to be a broader consensus albeit tacit that it had electoral benefits. The recent history across this autumn with suggestions of suspensions of the ULA and such like doesn’t do much to alter that perception, even if there’s a certain ambiguity about the phrase ‘diminishing participation’.
It will be educative to see what response if any is forthcoming on this matter.