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Socialist Party on Respect

The working class in Britain is effectively disenfranchised. We have three establishment parties which all act in the interests of the super-rich. For this reason a central campaign of the Socialist Party is for the building of a new mass party of the working class.

We have argued for over a decade that the trade unions should break the link with New Labour and together with anti-privatisation, environmental and anti-war activists, begin to build a party that stands in the interests of working class people. It was in order to speed up the development of such a party that we launched the Campaign for a New Workers' Party in 2005.

Some have argued that Respect the Unity Coalition the political initiative launched by George Galloway MP and the Socialist Workers' Party in 2004 could be a positive step towards a new mass workers' party. We would support any positive step on the road to a new party and for this reason discussed with the leadership of Respect at the time of its launch, and again in 2006.

However, while we welcomed the election of George Galloway as a Respect MP in 2005, we concluded that we could not join Respect because we believed that Respect's mistaken organisational and political approach meant it would not develop as a positive step towards a new mass workers' party but, on the contrary, could form an obstacle to the development of such a party.

Over the last few weeks a debate has broken out within Respect on many of the issues we raised. For this reason we are republishing some of our key articles and letters to Respect.

Click here for our letters and articles

Postal dispute

Socialist Party Marxist analysis

International Appeal

Socialist Students

National Shop Stewards Network

Campaign for a New Workers Party

Trade Union Freedom Bill

Socialist Party women

International socialist news and analysis

Socialist Party news and analysis


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In this issue

National Health Service Cutbacks and privatisation kill

National NHS demo

The vultures are circling ever closer

10,000 march in Sussex

Swansea fights the cuts

Rally for Socialism

Postal dispute

Exposing Royal Mail's lies

Postal workers waiting to assess Royal Mail deal

Fighting Royal Mail management's attacks

Solid unofficial action in East London

National Shop Stewards' Network meetings

Daylight robbery in Scotland!

Save Bolsover Post Offices

Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Brown's blues

International Appeal

Students on trumped-up charges

Socialist Students

Scrap fees for all students

National Shop Stewards Network

Young workers and students need to get involved

"You've got to stick together"

Stop the placement rip-off now!

Campaign for a New Workers Party

Tony Benn evades the issue

Trade Union Freedom Bill

Trade Union Freedom Bill: Banishing Thatcher's anti-union legacy?

Working longer hours for less pay

Socialist Party women

ITV2 - making a good deal out of women's bodies

International socialist news and analysis

Workers' struggle and political instability sends Polish government into meltdown

Australia: Liberals v Labour - no choice for working people in election

Socialist Party news and analysis

Children's homes at risk of buy-outs


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