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DETAILS RE: CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON SSPC AS LAYOUT/DESIGN MEMBERS.Email 1.08.16 from Paddy Shannon To the Executive CommitteeDear ComradesNeil Windle and I have been doing the layout for the Standard since 2005, and feel it's time for a rest, so we're planning to make the December 2016 Standard our last.The editors have been approaching people as possible replacements but this hasn't worked out and volunteers still need to be found.Volunteers would need: access to and a reasonable grasp of Adobe Photoshop, including resizing, cropping, adding text layers and so forthaccess to and a reasonable grasp of Adobe Indesign, including paragraph styles, text offsets, resize tools, master pages, text overflow and so ona decent computer running Windows 7 or 10, and home broadbandwillingness to understand and use the templates we've set up so that continuity can be maintained in the short term before experimenting in the long (ie walk first, run later)a willingness to commit to a monthly deadline without fail an artistic eye for what looks good on a page and what doesn't As will be clear from this list, the job is not suitable for a complete beginner. It's also quite a labour-intensive job once a month and might be better suited to older, retired members with leisure to learn the tricks.Having said this, anybody could learn this stuff given the motivation, and I've undertaken to talk volunteers through anything they need to know, including after December in a consultative role, if necessary. Members will recall that we tried on a previous occasion to recruit and train volunteer replacements, but after investing considerable time and effort into training people we ended up with nothing to show for it. Perhaps members felt no sense of urgency at that time, but if nobody steps up now the options for the Party do not look attractive. Fraternal regardsPaddy[via EC minute taker
Did "Sandra" turn up by any chance?
The following was somehow missed off my previous post and I cannot fathom how to edit it in:Quote:Am I the only one who is a little curious about the current EC's attitude to the rule book. I personally would be grateful if a member of the EC could come on the forum and explain the logic behind the following from the April meeting of the EC:[unquote] May I suggest that you satisfy your curiosity by raising your concerns directly with the EC – rather than call for its members to jump through your proffered hoop?Please note: 1. That the WSP(I) minutes of their 1st May meeting were not on the EC agenda for the 7th May meeting. Indeed they were only posted on this Forum on 4th May.2. In any case afaik the EC has not received a request for explanation from the EC of the WSP(I). If one is forthcomig this writer hopes it will be couched in rather more temperate language that that used in the minutes of their May meeting which accuses the EC of “intimidation” and making “degrading moves against” them.[Please bear in mind that the Party is still operating without the services of a General Secretary or Assistant G.S.]
Some personal observations:Quote:Am I the only one who is a little curious about the current EC's attitude to the rule book. I personally would be grateful if a member of the EC could come on the forum and explain the logic behind the following from the April meeting of the EC: [unquote] May I suggest that you satisfy your curiosity by raising your concerns directly with the EC – rather than call for its members to jump through your proffered hoop? Please note:1. That the WSP(I) minutes of their 1st May meeting were not on the EC agenda for the 7th May meeting. Indeed they were only posted on this Forum on 4th May.2. In any case afaik the EC has not received a request for explanation from the EC of the WSP(I). If one is forthcomig this writer hopes it will be couched in rather more temperate language that that used in the minutes of their May meeting which accuses the EC of “intimidation” and making “degrading moves against” them. (Please bear in mind that the Party is still operating without the services of a General Secretary or Assistant G.S.]Quote:vi. Correspondence concerning the WSP (India) Application of GP (India) [from the April meeting of the EC] Motion 5 The EC agrees that rule 3 does not apply in the case of GP. We request the acting General Secretary to send a Form A to GP (CARRIED 6-1-1) [unquote] It can be seen from the voting figures that the EC was divided on this. It was agreed that Rule 3 is not clear in the circumstances of this application. It seems to me that there are two possible approaches as to what to do when rules are ambiguous or unclear:– 1. Assume that everything is permitted that is not expressly forbidden or2. Assume that nothing is permitted unless it is expressly allowed.Rule 3 did not apply in GPs case because he had, I believe, been a member of SPGB Central Branch and was not “leaving Great Britain” but renewing his previous membership. The possibility of his successfully joining the WSP(I) seems exceedingly slim bearing in mind the acrimonious and sometimes bloodcurdling disagreements voiced on various parts of the Party web presence. Part of the problem here is that Rule 3 has not kept up with social developments and needs amending. Until then we should, I think, give applications of this kind plenty of elbow room providing that is we are satisfied that they agree witth the Party case,. My reading of the situation is that GP and the WSP(I) are unlikely to settle their differences.
That's a "NO" from me.
Thanks Rob. I'll try and do bettter next time. GTOzymandias wrote:The kind of mental leap we would require for Socialism to be established is of near miracle proportion. I left the SPGB 15 years ago because I was disgusted with the pathetic attitude of slaves all over the world in reaction to the news of the death of the parasite Princess Diana. I have no faith in the "Working Class" and that's why I won't be rejoining. Unless as I say there is a never before witnessed mental revolution around the corner then I think either we will blow ourselves up to Kingdom come or the planet itself will get rid of us. What is "humanity" anyway but a disgusting virus which is polluting and destroying its host. This is becoming more and more apparent. Whilst I cannot say Socialism is totally impossible I think it's establishment in our lifetime (or any lifetime for that matter) is at best almost impossible. Sorry but it's the way I feel.
I see. It's not you…it's all them other buggers. Disgusting Virusalanjjohnstone wrote:We are witnessing a turn-around in alliances in Syria with a certain amount of co-operation between the US and Assad i combating the jihadists. Is it possible that we may see the US supporting Hamas in the war against terror?
Not as long as they have as their objective the destruction of the state of Israel.
"Boistrous horde" eh?I like it. It reminds me of the phrase used to describe official reaction to the 1966 Chicago anti-Vietnam demo as a "police riot".
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty? The designation is worth next to nothing and in effect serve as a distraction by giving the impression that objections to particular undertakings might be successful.The Isle of Anglesey was designated an AOB in (I think) the early 1960s. It did not prevent the building of Wylfa nuclear power station and a large alumininum smelting works and its attendant infrastructure.
Did anyone spot that one of their authors is described thus: "Mark Perryman is a journalist, author and left-wing entrepreneur and marketer who is passionate about issues to do with Englishness, national identity and sport"<<eye rolling emoticon>>
That outdated logo should really read "Half the world for the workers". That is what it depicts.
Lovelock? I may be wrong but isn't he the chap who in the 1970s predicted an ice age by 2020? The danger with predictions of this kind is that they overwhelm concerned people who then adopt a "nothing can be done" attitude.
Try and read the very short biography of Hobbes written by John Aubrey in his Brief Lives. It depicts him as a tetchy but likeable old bastard one could get to like. Every time I read Leviathan I hear his soft Witshire burr. Honest. As for Leviathan — is it a political theory, or is it really a theory of human nature?January 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm in reply to: Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century (ex-SWP) #99856Vin Maratty wrote:rs21 launch statementThe world and its resources should not be owned and controlled by a tiny minority; they are the common heritage of all humankind
I wonder why we were not invited to attend? I note that their blogsite contains links to some of the usual suspects.