Determined to struggle for a new mass workers' party
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an electoral alliance between the RMT union, Socialist Party and others to give an electoral alternative to cuts-making and pro-capitalist politicians, photo Socialist Party (Click to enlarge)
Socialist Party Wales moved quickly to respond to news of Corbyn's suspension, with all branches calling meetings to discuss what the working class must do next, now that it's clear that the road to transforming Labour is blocked.
Cardiff West branch managed to more than triple its usual weekly attendance at a meeting addressed by the Socialist Party's general secretary, Hannah Sell. 35 people attended, including 13 people with whom we'd had no previous contact. The branch had put up posters near supermarkets and sent everyone who liked our social media posts short, friendly messages inviting them to attend.
There was intense emotion in the meeting - some in despair, but mainly angry at the sabotage of the right wing while Corbyn was leader, and their ruthless witch-hunt once they gained the leadership. There was determination to find a way to get socialist ideas to the mass of ordinary people, and an understanding that this means standing independently of Starmer's Labour.
Several people that attended are interested in having discussions about joining the Socialist Party with, at the time of writing, one person having agreed to join already, and an inactive member restarting their membership subs. There was enthusiasm for standing Socialist candidates as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the Welsh parliamentary elections next year.
Ross Saunders, Cardiff Socialist Party
37 people came to the North London Socialist Party meeting on 4 November, together with Hackney branch. Ten of the attendees weren't members of the Socialist Party... yet.
Six days before our regular weekly meeting, Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party. We quickly changed our meeting topic to discuss it.
Throughout the week, we were constantly talking on WhatsApp about who else we could invite to our discussion. Dave Nellist, Socialist Party member from Coventry, introduced the discussion on how we can fight for a new mass workers' party. When Dave was a Coventry MP, he was expelled from Labour for refusing to pay his Poll Tax.
Our meetings are on Zoom. And although better than not meeting at all, it isn't as good as face-to-face discussion. We set up another WhatsApp group for a small team of Socialist Party recruiters. We messaged new people during the meeting to see if they liked what they heard, and if they would like to join the Socialist Party to help fight for it? Three days after our meeting, three new people have joined our growing Socialist Party branch.
Ian Pattison, North London Socialist Party
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In The Socialist 11 November 2020:
Capitalists vs working class - not in it together
Tory U-turn: Free school meals
Tory U-turn: Furlough extended - not enough to save jobs
Covid and poverty rising - Welsh lockdown ends with little progress
Covid law used against striking workers - for workers' control of safety measures
Schools need union action for safety
After the polarised elections - what way forward?
Trump out! But mass workers' struggle needed
Trump is out - our readers react
Spycops inquiry : why the capitalist state feared and continues to fear socialism
Rolls-Royce: Lancashire workers' strike shows the way to fight aerospace cuts and job losses
RMT union AGM votes to defend union democracy
Sainsbury's and Argos: Closures, cuts and soaring sales
Fight the witch-hunt of Corbyn and his supporters
Donate to the Socialism 2020 appeal now!
Solidarity with Manchester students - fight for democratic control of campus safety
Southampton trade unionists demand: "We won't pay for Covid"
Labour movement conference to defend Corbyn and discuss new party
The struggle for a new mass workers' party
Selling the Socialist
Review and readers' opinion
Trotsky's ideas live on in the CWI
The Socialist Inbox
Readers of the Socialist react to effects of lockdown
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