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Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Trawling the net, 21.02.07

Just a brief stopgap post today, flagging up things that should be in my pending tray but are having to wait behind the flurry of local news. I may or may not get back to them later, but here are some useful links in the meantime.

Courtesy of the estimable Louis Proyect, we have a critique of the Euston Manifesto by Paul Flewers of New Interventions. Obviously there is a huge amount that could be said about the Decent Left, but Paul deals with Euston much more calmly and concisely than I could manage.

Like I suspect most of its readers, I read the Weekly Worker for the gossip, not the political analysis. When they try to write for themselves, the Conrad Party of Great Britain can often be a bit ropy – this steaming pile of Matgamnite horseshit is a case in point. But I was impressed by this very good piece by Anne McShane, on Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs and how the SWP have taken it up as an excuse for their retreat into rightist puritanism.

Finally, this argument on the British left blogs about whether socialists should be in the Labour Party. The latest round can be found here, here, here, here, here and here. And probably a few other places that I haven’t happened across.


AN said...

It would be a mistake to assume that the interest about rejoining labour in the hot house of the blogoshere was a reflkection of a real development in the actual world. ;o)

splinteredsunrise said...

Indeed not... it's a bit like the antimatter version of Tariq joining to support the Benn campaign. ;)

ejh said...

Flewers' piece begins:

"One of the more interesting political events of 2006 was the launching of the Euston Manifesto."

To which the obvious response is "no".

I didn't know Jon Pike was involved in Engage though. Mind you I remember Jon as a member of Socialist Organiser in Oxford in the mid-Eighties so I suppose that would make sense.

Any leftist trainspotters know what happened to Ben Schoendorff?

ejh said...

Incidentally, according to this unreliable source (final paragraph) Paul Flewers isn't well.

WorldbyStorm said...

Very good article in Weekly Worker. Except all the comma's appear as ? on my computer.


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