What is to be done?
A grim end to a grim few weeks. At a Lothians SSP meeting on Saturday those who refused to back Tommy Sheridan were described as being "in the pay of the News of the World" by SWP hacks. The atmosphere in the party could not be worse. The meeting ended in a literal punch-up. A split in the SSP is on the cards for sure. I am a founder member of the SSP but I find it hard to stomach being in the same party as people who frame their friends as perjurers on orders from London. I'm sure the truth will come out in the end as it did for Jeffery Archer. It may not take as long in this case.
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A brilliant end, surely? Sheridan won, the News of the World lost.
Obviously you're going to be on 'the other side' of this unfortunate split, but Sheridan's victory over the scum Murdoch press cannot be a bad thing.
Cannot be a bad thing?
It was not the Murdoch Press that sheridan was taking to court. It was his own party. If he had ignored this thing in the first place it would be chip paper by now. Instead the integrity of the SSP is in ruins over lies that will be found out sooner rather than later. He invited the state into the parties business, we suffered jailings, raids on party offices, and now comrades who told the truth, face jail. Why because, TS and his pals mainly members of your group the SWP told lies and framed them. Feel proud of that do you? Feel proud of defending a man who interrogated women he had sex with personally in court and called them liars? Yeah, I'll remember that next time one of your cult tries to sell me a pamphlet on feminism.
"A brilliant end"?
Fuck, Len, you honestly think this is the end of the court case?
It is probably the end of the SSP at we know it. Maybe that is what you meant?
I am not a member of the SSP. I am an active member of the SNP. Obviously, I have no inside party knowledge, but you might want an objective view from someone on the outside looking in. I followed the court case meticulously. Having been both a branch and constituency secretary of the SNP I know how meetings work and how minutes are taken. It strikes me as indisputable that if the Executive Committee meetings of 9th November and 24th November 2004 were advertised in accordance with the Constitution and the minutes of the meeting of 9th November were agreed and ratified unanimously by the Executive Committee meeting of the 24th November 2004, then that is the end of the matter. To argue otherwise is to defy your Constitution which, in turn, undermines the whole foundation of your Party.
You are completely correct Robert.
The EC minutes of the Socialist Party of Great Britain are on the website for all to read http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/ecminutes/index.html - and all EC meetings are open to the public .
THAT IS democracy .
THAT IS one of the ways that membership remain in control of their party .
Neither the SSP, nor the SNP ,for that matter , follow the practice .
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