Its been a while since the problems of the Socialist Workers Party have been of much interest even to the most inveterate of sectarians, but things are hotting up again with the calling of an "Emergency National Committee". Of course since the SWP has a large "sister" (sic) group in Egypt the vents there might be expected to trigger such a meeting or even perhaps the row over selection in Falkirk might have caught the "comrades" eyes as some kind of opportunity but no, neither of these issues which form the media headlines are at the forefront of their thinking as this leaked letter shows:
There you have it. Comrades will be called from all over the country to discuss the fact one of their members is on the Internet again, not something the Professor approves of as we all know following his expulsion of four members over their use of Face Book to discuss not to do something. Of course the blog in question isn't written by some lowly "rank & file" member, it is the work of a certain Ian Birchall, a long term leading member of the SWP who seems to remain in opposition to the leadership.
However they may have to discuss a wee bit more than the antics of one rogue writer on the Internet as more has arisen with regards to the "Delta" affair and Socialist Unity have just published this piece which includes further revelations about continuing complaints against Delta:
Apparently the allegations about a further complaint will not be held until 2014, which Andy Newman suggests will give the leadership time to drive "X" out of the party. Frankly I'm surprised she is still in it given the underhanded antics of the Prof and his "Lynch Mob" as his loyalists became known as in blogging circles.
It seems this crisis is not going to go away any time soon.
It would almost be worth buying a ticket for their Marxism bash just to see if any fireworks break out. That's if many people actually bother turning up, though the SWP do have a habit of inflating attendance figures.
Watch this space.