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One of the major issues facing workers around the world is political representation. Traditional workers’ organisations have been moving steadily rightwards, abandoning the ideas of socialism. Here PETER TAAFFE draws some lessons from history and from the recent experience of Italy and Germany, while focussing on the latest developments in Brazil.
Respect – the Unity Coalition was founded in 2004 by the anti-war MP, George Galloway, and the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP). Now, Respect has split acrimoniously down the middle: the SWP on the one side, George Galloway and most other forces in Respect, on the other.
Inevitably, the crisis that has erupted in Respect will be used by some to argue that it is impossible to build a mass force to the left of Labour. This is particularly the case because it is the latest in a number of attempts to build new left formations that have ended in failure, including Arthur Scargill’s Socialist Labour Party, the Scottish Socialist Party, and the Socialist Alliance. However, this argument is entirely false. HANNAH SELL reports.
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Cover picture: P-Sol protesters at the World Social Forum, Brazil 2005