Sunday, March 05, 2006

Weekly Worker 614 March 2nd 2006

The latest Weekly Worker (March 2nd 2006, #614) has a classic (or even pastiche) Soviet socialist realist cover for International Women's Day, with a centre-page article on its history, drawing the differences between 'communists' and Respect.

Respect gets more treatment with an article spinning out the resignation of two prospective candidates from Tower Hamlets Respect and their defection to the LibDems ('How many more careerists?'). Peter Manson's take is that the SWP orientation was to build an alliance between 'muslim activists' and 'secular socialists', but light on policies and principles and opportunist. The Muslim/Mosque 'world view' is to work with the SWP, but move on to 'greener pastures', especially it seems 'careerists'. Hmmm, I think this is too cynical about 'Muslims' and too eager too put them into one negative category. The incident sparking this split was over the allocation of seats for the council, with John Rees being nominated for the Whitechapel ward where they think they have the best chance of winning against Shamsuddin Ahmed, who seems to have a strong Bengali base in the area. Manson has an interview with Ahmed, who has turned against Galloway, Rees and the whole project; and he does come across an opportunistic egotist. The article admits this is a small split. Finally the article comments on press rumours about Galloway planning to go to Scotland, which Respect is denying. Sheridan and Galloway?

Nick Rogers looks at the SSP conference, basically warning against 'Allying with the nationalists'.

'Dave Craig' of the RDG treads familiar water in 'Britain's drystone wall', taking up David Cameron's intention to end the royal prerogative, Charles Windsor the political dissident and the outcome of the Power Commission to insist on the importance of republicanism.

Lawrence Parker looks at the SWP's reaction to the cartoons crisis and finds a Stalinist approach to 'cultural production'. Hmmm, got to agree on the SWP's orientation towards Lukacs and socialist realism, but this just doesn't deal with the political issues.


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