Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Is the Socialist Party heading for a split?
The Weekly Worker ran one its' more self indulgent reports last week with an article about the Socialist Party in Ireland having a meeting to discuss the resignation of four of its members. I suppose if you belong to such a tiny organisation the loss of four comrades must be a blow, but then the real issue was the fact that the leadership seemed unduly concerned that the departees views in the form of their letters might end up in the public domain.
Actually that's fairly symptomatic of the Socialist Party and its sections in the Committee for a Workers International (CWI) for short. The Grandees of the SP really do not like differences becoming public knowledge. When they do there is nothing worse than a comrade scorned as in the case of Jane Aitchison when she fell out with them in the PCS union. She was driven out of her decade long position of President of the DWP group and her hubby was removed from the National Executive.
Back in Ireland their "General Secretary" (bit of a grand title for a group so small) seems to have learnt lessons from the SWP Professor by not tackling the issues that the departing four had raised but adopted all this nonsense about the growing crisis, the revolutions etc. You know the drill by now. It seems they had concerns about err... a slate system leading to conformity on their NC. Sounds very SWPish that does.
The reason for referring to this is that also present at the meeting was one Tony Saunous, a member of the gloriously named CWI secretariat. The CWI have recently held a summer school in Belgium. This has led to a little bit of fractious activity inside the British Socialist Party. There is an argument going on about the party line on the current crisis which appears to revolve around the theory of value or some such Marxist nonsense.
Its not the argument itself that is of interest (lost the will to live reading some of it) but the way the discussion is being suppressed true Leninist style. One member (we'll call him Bruce because that's his name), following his ban from attending the CWI bash in Poirot country writes:
Whether there is any truth in the ”temporary” character of this further ban from a party forum has yet to be seen as Ben is methodically removing comrades who are critical of the party position and BANNING any discussion of Marxist theory on the question of the economy on Facebook.
The ominous conclusion of cde Bruce is this:
What happens next? Sounds like the SWP minus "delta". Another split in the vanguardist currents? One can only hope.
Leninism belongs in the dustbin of history.