The Socialist Workers Party‘s heydays appear to be behind it, which has got to be of some concern to its newly (re-)formed local franchise. Thus only last week, one of its approximately 6,000 members — who happens to be a member of a local council — split and, rather than establishing a new vanguard of the working class (as is the traditional and largely accepted practice), cut straight to the chase and joined the Tories. More recently, after 30 years more-or-less loyal service, some (apparently quite funny) bloke called Mark Steel ups stumps and leaves too (although not for the Tories).
Another Mark, Thomas, got pissed off with the SWP some years ago; its attempts to suck the life out of the ‘anti-globalisation’/’anti-capitalist’ movement in the UK was documented by Schnews a few years earlier. Funnily enough, while AWOL was attacked for all the usual reasons (“Anarchists! Sectarians!”), the “great” Ian Rintoul of Solidarity apparently proclaimed a similar policy at refugee activist meetings: no paper-sellers.
Speaking of Lefties, I happened to stumble upon davidthompson’s blog, and he’s re-published a BBC documentary on the subject of an abortive 80s leftist tabloid called The News On Sunday. It’s titled ‘A Lot of Balls’. The two other episodes in the ‘Lefties’ series are Property is Theft, ‘the story of Villa Road, a squatted street’, and Angry Wimmin, on the Revolutionary Feminists, authors of ‘Political Lesbianism — the Case Against Heterosexuality’ (available from your friendly local anarchist community library).
Angry Wimmin on Veoh “Wimmin. With Placards. I think most of these wimmin have had their brians replaced by lesbionic circuits. Or something.” | Property Is Theft on Veoh “Marxists, Lenninists and assorted middle class dimwits attempt to bring down the capitalist system by SQUATTING!”