From the Socialist Unity Blog
"The answer I have come to is that they [the SWP] cannot and will not tolerate the development of Respect, or personalities within it, that could act as an alternative pole of attraction to the SWP on the left, because Respect will only be tolerated to act as a bridge INTO the SWP, and not towards different directions on the left. They have no conception, or respect, of a left beyond themselves or outside their control. This debate is about sectarianism, pure and simple." Ger Francis, ex-SWP hack turned Salma Yaqoob's gatekeeper.
"The SWP needs all voices within the Party to be heard in the run up to and at conference itself at the moment - if you have an issue with the Party on something then don’t just walk away and vent your spleen in the blogosphere- you have to fight within the Party for your position - write an article for the next Internal Bulletin or something. In fact, you have a duty to do this if you are a serious revolutionary - Lenin for example disagreed with the Bolsheviks on a lot of things - at times he was in a minority of one within the Party - yet he stayed and fought for his position within the Party. If your arguments make sense, then you will win the support of the Party - if they don’t, you won’t - thats how Party democracy works. But the Party itself will almost certainly emerge stronger for having had the debate." SWP blogger and all round Party loyalist, 'Snowball', dishes out the advice to a disillusioned SWPer. (As an aside: He doesn't mention if he offered the same advice to Wrack, Hoveman and Ovenden just before they were expelled from the SWP.)
I have to redden up this wee nugget from 'Snowball's' comment that caught my eye:
"If your arguments make sense, then you will win the support of the Party - if they don’t, you won’t - thats how Party democracy works.
Guilty of the worst sort of ultra-left sectarianism, I have to ask the McCarthyite like question, 'Snowball, have you now or at any other point in your life actually been a member of the SWP?' Your exhortation doesn't have any passing acquaintance to the actual reality of being paper-seller fodder within the ranks of the SWP?
Maybe Andy should turn down the temperature in his comment box. It looks like 'Snowball' is melting.