View Full Version : Eggs, Omlettes and the British Left

15-09-2011, 01:28 AM
I'm just wondering if anyone could clarify for me what exactly the UK left looks like today.

From what I can make out, it is a murky jungle of party aliases(Socialist Alternative? TUSC?), aborted united left attempts and their rumps (Respect? Solidarity?).

What is the jurisdiction or overlap of TUSC/Coalition of Resistance? How many groups are the SWP involved in? Did I read there is a trotskyist international within the Green Left platform of the UK Greens that are also participants in CoR?

I can't make sense of it, its like working out the different dream levels in Inception.

C. Flower
15-09-2011, 09:33 AM
Good thread. I hope we get some answers.

Just read that Chris Harman, SWP, died out in Egypt.

There ought to be a communist equivalent to RIP.

15-09-2011, 03:59 PM
The question is a bit vague.

Broadly speaking, the socialist left in England consists of two largish group, the SWP and the Socialist Party. Then there is a very big drop down to the Communist Party of Britain. And then after that you have dozens of groups with a membership ranging from 100 to about three. The AWL is probably the biggest of the plankton groups, Counterfire is probably the most ambitious.

The Coalition of Resistance is an anti-cuts brand controlled by Counterfire, the grouplet consisting of the former SWP leadership. They are supported by a couple of slightly smaller outfits from the plankton sea of micro-groups, Socialist Resistance and Green Left. It has little or no existence on the ground.

16-09-2011, 06:20 PM
And what is the situation/overlap with the various umbrella groups such as TUSC, Respect, SSP, Solidarity, No2EU? They're all essentially made up of the same groups? Which are a Enough-type broad protest group and which are the actual foundations of a party?