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  • bobgould987
    Sep 14, 2006
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      DSP leadership's despicable political irresponsibility

      By Bob Gould

      It's hard to know what to say about the latest post by Paul Benedek.
      He just blithely asserts that the Socialist Alliance has dual members
      in both the Labor Party and the Greens.

      It's a matter of fact that the Labor Party rules preclude being a
      member of any group that runs election candidates against the Labor
      Party, and the Greens' rules seem to preclude being a member of any
      other political group.

      Presumably, people who join the Socialist Alliance who are in the
      Labor Party or the Greens assume a certain discretion and duty of care
      by the leadership of the Socialist Alliance.

      What they get, however, is a lunatic proclamation that there are dual
      members, which is obviously coldly calculated to try to generate a
      witch hunt in both the ALP and the Greens.

      In most periods of its existence, the old Stalinist CPA was mindful of
      the political interests of people who came close it in the Labor
      Party. It was only in ultraleft moments that it put the acid on people
      to leave the Labor Party.

      The most famous incident of that was when the CPA smashed up the NSW
      Socialisation Units during the Lang period. For most of the rest of
      its existence the CPA was sensibly discreet in such matters and never
      went around proclaiming that it had dual members.

      Putting socialists who are active in the Labor Party or the Greens on
      the spot in such a way is not just ultraleftism, it's despicable
      political provocation.
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