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GUEST,david BS: Combat Trotskyphobia (98* d) RE: BS: Combat Trotskyphobia 26 Dec 07


Dear Les
The stuff you have written is fantasy...the sort of thing that a Daily Mail staff writer who is told to write a hatchet job on the SWP would write.
I don't have a brief to write a defence about Galloway but in the period leading up to the invasion and indeed after the war was unleashed, Galloway was the outstanding parliamentarian to oppose the war.He did it in parliament,on television,in street meetings and in mass demonstrations. While the New Labour leadership lied their collective heads off,ably supported by the media and so called experts Galloway spoke the truth about the barbarism about to be unleashed.
As for the SWP not once has it attempted to substitute itself for the mass anti war movement.Instead it threw itself into building that movement.A movement that led to a million strong anti war march on the eve of the invasion which gutted any Blair propoganda that the country was behind the US/UK invasion.
As I mentioned in a previous posting New Labour has abandoned any pretence at socialism or the redistribution of wealth and is now well and truly in the service of the arms dealers and manufacturers,the city spivs ,the fat cats and the privateers. While it sacks and imposes wage restraints on public sector workers it has allowed the salaries of the richest in the land to go throught the roof....these are the people who have received pay increases year on year for the past 20 years of some 20 percent per annum.
It is this situation which has brought about the formation of RESPECT....it is an attempt to win working class people away from its traditional loyalty to New Labour.
And there have been some successes most notably in East London where Galloway defeated the sitting New Labour loyalist overturning a 20000 majority in the process.Or take Michael Lavellette in Preston who is a city cllr and who is providing an alternative to New Labour.
Of course there are problems which the SWP/RESPECT dispute has worsened but the alternative is to see a vicious BNP break into Labour heartlands as voters turn away from New Labour.
david


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