24583Re: Comment on the dispute in the DSP leadership
- Dec 23, 2005This point of Doug Jordan's is a pretty good one, too.
"The major question that seems not to asked in this current debate is
why so few people have joined Socialist Alliance. Even if we accept
the figure of 1000 that is claimed as membership, that is only a small
percentage of the number of radicals who stand to the left of the ALP.
In each of our major centres in Australia there would be at least two
to three times this number of potential members who have refused to
join Socialist Alliance but who continue to be political active in the
mass movements as independents. It is easy for the DSP and its
supporters to dismiss critics of its actions, like Bob Gould, Greg
Adler, Ed Lewis, and no doubt Michael Schembri, as hopeless sectarians
who are not seriously committed to building a multi-tendency socialist
party, but in reality the criticisms of the DSP and its role within
Socialist Alliance came from a large number of individuals who had no
previous experience either with the DSP, or indeed any other political
And as for agent Riley, disgrace of spies, when are you going to
explain your deception perpetrated on the independent members of the
Socialist Alliance, Dave? Pretending to be an independent when you
really had applied to join the DSP is a very dishonest manoeuvre
against your own comrades, or weren't the Socialist Alliance members
really comrades? It only makes sense if you thought the only real
comrades were in the DSP.
Apparently it didn't take long for some of the Socialist Alliance
independents to see through your sham and urge you to lay your cards
on the table, but you refused. Really Dave, you have no credibility at
all until you explain this.
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