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Hans Neumann

Notes on Party History: The Trade Union Question

 The Trade Union question was a very thorny one in the early years of the Party. Some of those who founded the Party had a leaning towards industrial unionism, whilst others were inclined to regard the trade unions as only another facet of Capitalism. These conflicting views were reflected in disagreements over policy that were brought to a head in 1906 when a number of meetings were arranged to discuss the Party‚Äôs attitude to Trade Unionism..

 Before reaching this discussion we will relate some of the events that led up to it.

"The World For The Workers"

A Song of Revolution

Words & Music by H. J. Neumann


You toilers of the world, arise!

       To bravely speed the day,

    When all your forces organise

       King Capital to slay,

    And from the master class you'll wrest

       The Powers of the State,

    Which, wielded in your interest,

       Your class emancipate. 


    There sounds above the class war din

       The battle-cry we use:

    Unite! you have a world to win,

       Your chains alone to lose." 


    Your lot in life is darkest gloom;

Some Members

The history of the Socialist Party is of the men and women who have made it. Remarkable as many of them have been, there are no high places or orders of merit. All Socialists are equal, and none is more equal than others. The jokey justification for obituaries in the SOCIALST STANDARD is that this is all anyone gets from the Party. Not true, of course: we get marvellous camaraderie, and loyalty and the job well done are appreciated. Nevertheless, the point is made.

The Commune In Paris


[Specially reported THE SOCIALIST STANDARD]

    The thirty-fourth anniversary of the establishment of the Paris Commune was celebrated by a well attended meeting at Sydney Hall on Sunday, 19th March. The meeting was organised by the Battersea Branch of The Socialist Party of Great Britain, and was creditable alike to the occasion which it commemorated and to the members of the Branch responsible for its organisation.

Comrade Crump presided, and after a short opening address called upon H. Neumann to deliver the first speech.

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