Archive article from The Socialist Issue 506
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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.
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.
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