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Democratic Socialists added 1000 members in 2 days following election

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alanjjohnstone wrote:

You are right about going nowhere fast via the forum, Vin, but truth to be told, we'd still be going nowhere fast even with the EC or Conference taking the initiative. You know that only too well yourself.

My point is always that we may not have the actual membership to accomplish what we wish...but we do have the money to pay people who can.

It may not be fast enough for some but the EC has been responsible for several initiatives including using the services of professional companies to assist with the production of two videos (in 2014 and 2017) as too is the case with the website upgrade which is now anticipated to be completed by February 2018.  The current EC, by using the services of a professional proof-reader, is also partly responsible for ensuring that the 'Centenary of the Russian Revolution' book is a publication of which the party can justifiably be proud.  In addition the EC this year initiated the 'insert' campaign in several national publications which has so far resulted in over 200 enquiries.  This campaign will continue into 2018.

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I recall you once called change within the Party happens at glacial speed. It is a description i often use myself, now,  Gnome. And over the years you, yourself, have voiced disquiet about Party procedures and actions.  

But you may treat my criticism as unfair and unjustified, (perhaps even as unwelcomed meddling from an "outsider" as it often appears to those living abroad and recently expressed rather bluntly)  and come to the defence of our committees but i am trying to make comrades note the serious and increasingly deleterious state of the Party. We do no favours to the case for socialism by ignoring current trends. Acknowledging them is one thing but a reluctance to address them is quite another.

I am happy enough to accept that there are signs that we may well be adapting but there has to be a systematic approach to reforming (dare i say it,  re-forming) the party. I am hoping the committee looking into a national organisation structure will take the necessary first steps. 

I should point out in your message the glaring facts that it was 3 years between producing videos, that the webpage upgrade was delayed, that our book suffered from a lack of promotion since two committees (publications and media) appeared to be not in contact with one another to coordinate its launch, a more fundamental failure than crossing the t and dotting the i. As for being proud...reprinting past articles, all available in our archives...you and my understanding of accomplishment are greatly different. 

As for the insertion of leaflets in the press perhaps you can keep s all appraised on the number of enquiries and the increase in membership due to the campaign so far. And in case there is a misunderstanding...i am all for spending money on advertising...Each branch should be allotted funds to place ads in their local press...just to show they are still going, if not particularly active.

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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Your cynicism is received loud and clear.  ^^^  Over and out.

alanjjohnstone
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I'm not so sure i am a cynic...but perhaps someone who has come to accept that things change and we require to adjust to new situations and conditions. Nothing stays the same, does it?

I have never claimed to know the answers but repeatedly suggested we defer to the collective knowledge of all the party in an organised exchange of views which is capable of enacting decisions made, not this piece-meal dribs and drabs approach which we appear to have adopted. 

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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I'm hopeful that the review of the party's organisation and activities will be an opportunity to make some positive changes, once It's given us a good picture of where the party is at at the moment. The consultation part of the review has all been arranged, and members should be receiving a survey/questionnaire very soon.

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Seeing that this thread has gone way Off Topic I shall be locking it down.  Please note I've opened up a new thread in the World Socialist Movement section titled 'Organisation update' so members are kept informed on how the Adhoc committees work is progressing and lessons learned as we move on.

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