11764Re: SA-VIC: SA election results smash records!
- Dec 15, 2004Any group on the left is better than the evil DSP -- to Bob Gould. For
examples of the SP's more "reasonable" approach to Australian politics
Howard won't give us economic security
Posted on Thursday, December 02 @ 20:46:00 CST by spno
This is the article analysing the post-Federal election situation plus
why Howard won from the current issue of The Socialist.
Socialist Alliance sows illusions in Greens
Posted on Sunday, November 07 @ 00:39:22 CST by spno
While the Socialist Party (SP) is busy putting the blowtorch to the
Greens, another left wing party, Socialist Alliance (SA), continues to
build up their credibility.
The SP's first explanation of why it won the Richmond council position
is quite straightforward:
1. They ran a serious campaign:
"We had two glossy full colour leaflets and a poster (available on our
web site: http://www.socialistpartyaustralia.org). There were two
letterbox drops and over 3000 homes were doorknocked. On top of this
we ran stalls and participated in 3 debates throughout the Ward with
the other candidates in which we felt we won strongly."
2. They sharply opposed the neo-liberal agenda of the ALP-Greens council:
"We successfully branded ourselves as the left opposition to the joint
3. Stephen Jolly had built up authority in Richmond over more than a
"It must be said the other reason we won this seat was as a result of
a decade of hard work in the area. A significant number of local
people knew of our work saving Richmond Secondary College, on the
urban environment, on heroin reform, for casual workers' rights etc
etc and trusted us enough to vote socialist."
All the left can and should learn from.
Jolly is a talented comrade and has a certain charisma. However, the
SP is heavily dependent on this and I suspect this is one reason why
they have not been able to build the SP far beyond his direct personal
There is no substantially special programmatic insight that the CWI
owns and the we-have-the-one-true-programmism that it reverted to
after its break with the majority leadership of its former Scottish
section does limit its appeal. But it has built on a good tradition of
local working class community issues that is a strong point of the
broad Militant tradition. This same tradition carries on, I believe in
a more non-sectarian way, in the SSP.
All small socialist groups do have to choose their priorities. So were
the Socialist Alliance comrades who chose to prioritise helping
organise the Free Craig Johnston campaign over that last Victorian
local elections wrong to do so? Should the anti-war movement
organising be left to more conservative forces while socialists focus
on building their particular socialist tendency? Would the socialist
movement in this country have more or less respect for this?
If more of the socialist groups were willing to work together the
left's ability to carry out more effective simultaneous campaigns
would increase. That is why many more socialists -- than belong to all
its affiliates -- have joined the Socialist Alliance.
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