[Marxism] Sexual predation and a splitting UK SWP

Einde O'Callaghan eindeoc at freenet.de
Tue Jan 8 15:47:07 MST 2013


On 08.01.2013 23:36, Jim Moody wrote:

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>
> Looks likely that the UK's SWP is on the way to a split, with some ructions
> already in evidence.
>
> National Secretary, Martin Smith, has been accused of being a sexual
> predator, with a session at the SWP's recent conference taking a report of
> a rape allegation. One commentary is here:
>
> http://www.2ndcouncilhouse.co.uk/blog/2013/01/06/misogynists-and-the-left/
>
In the interests of accuracy I'd like to point out that Martin Smith 
hasn't been national secretary of the SWP or a member of the leadership 
for the last two years - this is at least partly the result of the 
allegations which were first raised and discussed within the 
organisation two years ago.

It would be nice if people taking potshots at the SWP could at least be 
up to date with their information!

Whether there will be a split and, if so, on what basis and how large 
remains to be seen - however I tend to feel that reports of the SWP's 
demise are rather premature.

This week's Socialist Worker contains a report on the conference 
including a brief discussion of the factions:

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=30285

Einde O'Callaghan




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