After the fire… January 15, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in The Left.
There’s not a lot to say about the current plight of the UK SWP that hasn’t been said here and elsewhere more succinctly by others – it’s depressing in the extreme, there seems to be a massive dislocation between what is considered appropriate best practice in the context of such events, at least in the context of what is said to have happened.
Not least the central point that an organisation is invariably not best placed to investigate itself – and on a more mundane level note that even in our far too partial and flawed pseudo social democracy we have structures at employment level which seek to avoid or fix that dynamic within workplaces when that sort of approach is taken.
A range of voices from within the SWP, very public voices too, have been raised in complaint about the process. Notably it has now hit the mainstream media and who knows where this will go.
But this post and thread on Socialist Unity initiated by their Mark P is interesting and useful in the context of discussions that taking place on this side of the Irish Sea about the shape of the further and middle left(s).
By the way, a comment was made the other day here that the CLR is on the unofficial list of websites SWP members in Ireland are told to avoid. Interesting if true, certainly the SWP presence here over the past seven years has been just about minimal. But a more interesting question is what other sites might be on such an ‘unofficial’ list?
ADDENDUM: Just to note the above was in response to a comment. Some members of the Irish SWP have put to rest the idea of a list as incorrect and very welcome to hear that it is too.
ADDENDUM REDUX: Many thanks to the person who sent this in where the SWP actually recommends the CLR.