[Marxism] New Scottish Socialist Formation

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Wed Aug 30 05:28:35 MDT 2006

In a message dated 30/08/2006 12:09:15 GMT Daylight Time,  
dazza1970 at tiscali.co.uk writes:

Are you  saying that we should accept as ultimate truth the verdict of a jury
in a  bourgeois court? Whatever the inconsistencies, my understanding is that
15  of the 19 who had been present - from a variety of political tendencies
-  agreed that the minutes were genuine, including Sheridan's admission  that
he had visited the club mentioned by the NoTW and that this had been  
The legal victory of a socialist over a vile right-wing  scandal-rag like
the NoTW
is obviously a good thing in itself, but the  implications for the future
of the SSP and the left more generally are far  more important.

The verdict came as the result of Tommy's innocence of the slanders brought  
by the NOTW. As a materialist I understand that in a society riven by class  
there is not one universal truth dispensed by a legal system set up to protect  
the power and privileges of the ruling elite. Those who went up and stood in  
solidarity with Tommy understand that. 
In any case, it is misledaing to talk anourt the 'shameful
ousting' of  Sheridan: this was a unanimous decision, for which he even voted
himself. In  addition, the SSP should have  expected to have done less well
in a  Westminster election conducted on the basis of first-past-the-post,
than in  the 2003 Scottish parliamentary election, conducted with a form  of
proportional representation. In the latter, a vote for the SSP was  always
more likely to contribute to the election of an SSP MSP; in the  former, an
SSP vote might have been considered 'wasted' and many voters will  have voted
tactically for Labour or the SNP. In Westminister elections, too,  voters
are inevitably more focused on the question of government at the level  of
the British state, rather than on specifically Scottish  issues.

It was shameful, his ousting, the way it was done and the way information  
was kept from the membership as to the true nature of the EC at which his  
departure was initiated according to a pre-meeting agenda. This came out during  
the course of the trial.
It is not merely as a parliamentary party that any socialist party exists  or 
can be judged. There is no doubt that voters have turned away in droves from  
the SSP since the last Scottish elections. The lack of work being done within 
 the antiwar movement and local communities has also been a factor in their  
I notice that you say nothing about the shameful misogynistic  vilification
directed by Sheridan against the three female MSPs who dared to  criticise
him, as well as his dismissal of issues of women's representation  as at odds
with class politics.

The three female MSPs who constitute part of the cabal that have sought to  
politically destroy Tommy Sheridan have played a key role in the SSP 
disengaging  from class politics in favour of the gender fascism which has ruined the 
party  as a credible force on the Left. Women's oppression, like all 
oppressions, are a  symptom of the class struggle and not the cause. This is key. They 
have  substituted one for the other and, I am sorry, I do not accept that being 
a man  is anything to a priori be ashamed of.

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