SWP

Understanding left cults (SWP, SP, Spiked, WRP) - a reading list

Animal Farm

Selected reading on cultlike behaviour of left-wing parties in the UK.

The break-up of the WRP: from the horse’s mouth - Simon Pirani

An account by one of its former activists of the breakup of the UK Trotskyist group Workers Revolutionary Party following widespread sexual abuse by its leader, Gerry Healy in the mid-1980s. Trigger warning for discussion of sexual abuse.

SWP's Tom Walker: Why I am resigning

A journalist at the Socialist Workers Party newspaper on his decision to quit following the way the grouping dealt with accusations of rape and sexual harassment by female members against a leader of the party. Trigger warning for sexual harassment.

I was a teenage SWP member

A personal account of life in the Socialist Workers Party.

Syria, imperialism and the left (3)

There is a third position on the Syrian events: opposition to Assad and to Western interference. This position also is unsatisfactory in its way to positive account of the revolt. Third and final part of the series.

Beating the poll tax - Anarchist Communist Federation

Beating the Poll Tax - AF pamphlet - 1990

Beating the Poll Tax was a widely distributed booklet that encouraged and analysed the rise of mass revolt against the Community Charge in 1989/90 as it was happening.

Anti-Nazi League: Don't believe the hype

A critique by Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL) mk2′s analysis after the BNP victory in 1992.

SWP: The party of god - Wildcat

leaflet front page

Leaflet produced by Wildcat in 1988 concerning the First Gulf War (that is, Iran versus Iraq). It compares the position of the Socialist Workers Party in the UK with that of Hezbollah. Not unreasonable, given that the SWP supported the Iranian regime at the time!

Fascists attack paper sale in Lewisham

Whilst undertaking their usual Saturday morning paper sale in Lewisham several SWP members were viciously assaulted by a group of fascists. At least two people required hospital treatment. This is the latest in a growing list of attacks against anyone that the fascists deem to be 'left wing'.

An open letter to Socialist Worker on autonomism and the fight for change

My first encounter with anarchism?

An open letter to Socialist Worker newspaper in response to possibly the most ill informed smear of anarchism I have ever seen: "Autonomism and the fight for change" by Estelle Cooch.