SPEW and elections

August 2021 Forums General discussion SPEW and elections

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  • #218178
    ALB
    Keymaster

    If we were a centralist top-down party with a leadership that could tell branches what to do, we could have contested dozens of seats across the country. But — fortunately — we are not and if the branches in the North, the Midlands and the West Country don’t want or don’t feel up to contesting elections so be it. Personally I think that’s a pity.

    Admittedly SPEW is bigger than us but they have greater expectations from contesting elections at the moment than we do. For us it’s mainly a chance to get our views across. They want to build a “new workers party” and influence the policy of the capitalist state. By that standard they fail more than we do.

    #218191
    Young Master Smeet
    Participant

    They’ve actually done something quite clever with TUSC: basically, it’s just a franchise/brand, and anyone can stand as a TUSC candidate, as long as they agree with the platform approved by the steering committee, so they don’t need a network of branches or a top down bureaucracy.

    Of course, this is classic front work, so, while they ostensibly aren’t in complete control of the situation, in practice they control all the co-ordinating levers. But it does point to a slightly different way of doing politics (though, I suspect, this is more like how US political parties operate, individuals and groups campaign under the brand umbrella, as compared to the European mass membership party model).

    #218196
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Good point. TUSC is not SPEW as such. I think the SWP has some link with it too.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by ALB.
    #218198
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I thought I would check what the SWP said for these elections and it’s still the same as ever:

    “In most places socialists will have to vote Labour”

    #218209

    Other political groups can have a large membership but their political principles are totally incorrect and they always call for the continuation of capitalism, therefore, they align themselves with the minority class

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