Looks like "son of No2EU" will fly

Submitted by martin on 24 September, 2009 - 12:14 Author: Martin Thomas

It looks like white smoke coming from the chimney of the room where the "No2EU" groups - Communist Party of Britain (Morning Star), Bob Crow and other RMT leaders, the Socialist Party, and Alliance for Green Socialism - have been in conference since June.

We understand that this self-described "core group" meets again on 5 October to firm up previous tentative agreements, which include:

  • a "class based" name (rather than "No2EU" of similar) for a joint slate in the General Election;
  • agreed core policy points;
  • bringing in other groups.

Respect (Galloway) and the SWP ave given signals that they want to be involved.

The RMT leaders have announced a conference on 7 November entitled "Crisis in Working-Class Political Representation, at which the slate is likely to be given a public launch.

Unfortunately the conference is "non-motions-based" and "non-binding", and RMT branches have had no part in, or information about, the "son of No2EU" talks.


Submitted by martin on Fri, 25/09/2009 - 20:09

It remains unclear what relation this slate will have to the People's Charter that the CPB is promoting.

The People's Charter website, however, suggests caution about the possibilities of the slate offering real "class-based" politics.

The site expresses especial joy that an Early Day Motion in Parliament backing the Charter has been signed by SNP (one), Lib-Dem (three), and independent (two) MPs as well as Labour MPs. One of the independents signing it is Dai Davies, from Blaenau Gwent, a sort of dissident-Labour MP, but the other is Bob Spink, formerly UKIP, and before that a Tory.

George Galloway has also signed the Charter, and his Respect Renewal website promotes it. The Galloway and Respect Renewal websites suggest strongly that they will want to get in on a CPB/RMT-led slate. Whether that will happen, we don't know, but talk from insiders goes the same way.

If the CPB/RMT-led slate does include Galloway, that is not a marginal matter. The Respect Renewal website claims that that they hope to get three MPs elected in the next General Election.

That is surely over-optimistic. They may well get none elected. However, it is plausible that Abjol Miah will make a respectable showing in Bethnal Green and Bow, currently held by Galloway; that Galloway will do well in neighbouring Poplar and Limehouse; and the Salma Yaqoob will get a plausible score in Birmingham Hall Green.

It is hard to imagine any other candidates on the CPB/RMT-led slate getting beyond the 5% that Dave Nellist got last time in Coventry.

The other slate candidates would therefore tend to appear as propagandist outriders for the three with real chances, Galloway and his close associates.

AWL believes the left should have no truck with Galloway.

Submitted by TB on Tue, 29/09/2009 - 12:20

I hope that the 2 articles preceding your contribution don't constitute an AWL denunciation of "son of No2EU" Mark. Yes, in part they flag up our long standing disagreement with Galloway's politics but then that is the issue of course, isn't it, the politics. If the politics of the new slate is constructed to accomodate Galloway's then that is a problem. If the slate moves away from its previous left nationalism to something based on class then we should consider it, whether Galloway is involved or not. Of course, for it to be class based it would also have to be democratic and that might be more difficult to achieve considering the main forces involved.

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