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25271Re: the left in the Labor Party

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  • nigel_irritable
    Jan 15, 2006
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      --- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "dave_r_riley"
      <dhell2@o...> wrote:
      > So aligned was the CPA to the ALP that one wing of the CPA -- that
      > by Bernie Taft --fused with the ALP in the mid eighties, taking the
      > party's Victorian assets with them. Ironically the Taft grouping
      > joined the Centre faction of the Vic ALP & not the Socialist Left.
      > This context hostaged the CPA in all its later dabblings in new
      > projects. The party's core dilemma was that it couldn't help form a
      > 'new' or rebooted party without it being seen as a hostile act
      > the ALP. And to do so with the DSP --after the DSP had waged an
      > isolated but active campaign against the P&I Accord and was
      treated by
      > the CPA as a pariah-- was really stirring the pot.
      > This is an obvious contradiction that the CPA could not resolve.
      > And thats' a major problem today vis a vis Greens,Socialist
      > and the ALP. Being separate means you intrinsically reject the ALP
      > road. The CPA's problem , I feel, was that it basically ceased to
      > itself strategicaly separate from the ALP especially after a few
      > of 'Eurocommunism' thinking had warped its political confidence.

      This I think is insightful. It certainly captures something of the
      relationship between the old CPGB and the British Labour Party from
      the Popular Front through the British Road to Socialism to the death
      of the Communist Party. Perhaps the parallels aren't surprising
      given the fairly similar situations of the CPA and the CPGB, weak
      Stalinist parties operating beside huge Social Democratic ones.

      It is certainly true by the 1970s and 1980s that the Militant group,
      which of course was a tendency inside the Labour Party, was much
      more conscious of its strategically seperate existence and goals
      than the CPGB which was actually outside Labour was.

      Of course all of this is of mainly historical interest now, at least
      in Britain. Something that struck me as interesting is that since
      the expulsion of Militant and despite many, many attempts, no left
      wing tendency has built or maintained any structure of significance
      within the British Labour Party. The Trotskyist groups fell apart or
      at best went into slow decline, the Stalinists disappeared, and the
      left social democrats did little better.
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