We invited Simon Hardy to debate these issues at a public meeting. He declined, citing lack of time. He did however say he would ask the International Socialist Network, of which he is now a member, to do a debate. We're waiting to hear back.
The ISN said at the time this article was published that it would not publish our reply, but that it would publish a link to this page. However, as of January 13 2014, it has still not done so. It has also failed to authorise a comment on Simon's article with a link to this page.
Why publish a critical article but then refuse to advertise the reply? It seems, once again, that what the ISN has learned from its experiences in the SWP is fairly limited.
The invitation to debate remains open, and we call on the ISN to publish our reply in some form.