Next national meeting of the ComPlat: 14th September


“Traitor”: Alfred Dreyfus is demoted

The suggested agenda (to be ratified by meeting) is:

  1. Anti-Semitism
  2. Israel-Palestine

.12:00pm, Sunday 14th September

Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1

All Communist Platform members and supporters welcome. There will be assistance with fares for those who need it.

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The Bolsheviks’ success and the ‘revolutionary’ fear of electoralism


Voting: can be made into a powerful weapon

Elements within Left Unity have argued against ‘electoralism’, with the implication that standing in elections necessarily means becoming corrupted by the establishment; LU should instead focus all its energies on bread-and-butter campaigning if it is not to fall into a reformist approach.

This economistic attitude to elections and the state is the polar opposite of the approach adopted by the Marxists who made the Russian revolution, argues ComPlat supporter Mike Macnair. His fascinating review of two books by August Nimtz on the Bolshevik’s electoral strategy also takes in the contemporary debate within Left Unity, and is of interest to all comrades in LU. Continue reading

Transparency and the right to criticise



Two more articles by ComPlat supporters in recent weeks on the necessity of transparency and open debate to any meaningful and lasting unity;

In ‘Confidentiality is a bosses’ tool’, Paul Demarty argues vigorously against the Left Unity Dispute Committee’s decision to conduct disputes in private:

‘Bolshevism was not a safe space for opportunism'; Mark Fischer reminds us that it was the open clash of ideas which forged the Bolsheviki.

Defend free speech in Left Unity!

first-amendment-us-little_art_fullAfter reporting on attempts to censure one member of Manchester LU, Complat supporter Laurie McCauley has been suspended from the branch, on the basis of spurious complaints about ‘privacy’ of branch matters.

As well as another report from Manchester, the Weekly Worker features several articles on transparency, the right to criticise, and the repeated failure of previous attempts to make it big by hushing up, and clamping down on openly expressed political differences:

Free speech: The permitted shades of grey

Karl Marx stood for free speech, in the tradition of the first amendment to the US constitution, writes Eddie Ford

Left Unity: Freedom to criticise must be defended

Laurie McCauley reports on his suspension from Manchester branch

Left Unity: A matter of political health

Unity requires freedom to criticise, argues Paul Demarty

‘Speaking bitterness’ and Left Unity

The precursor of ‘safe spaces’ was unsuccessful and destructive in past movements of the oppressed, writes Mike Macnair

Report of May 31 Communist Platform national meeting

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Bad results in 2015 could lead to desertions

In the wake of the May 22nd local & European elections, the main topic of discussion at the national meeting of the Communist Platform on May 31st was electoral strategy and tactics.

ComPlat supporter Peter Manson reports, in ‘Dispelling delusions of easy success’ over at the Weekly Worker site:

May 22 election results… and high jinx in LU Scotland


Left results: a sorry joke.

ComPlat supporter Peter Manson on the results garnered by Left Unity and other left groups in the May 22 local elections:

And Sarah McDonald reports on the failed, bureaucratic attempt by elements of LU in Scotland to impose support for a ‘Yes’ in the upcoming independence referendum:

Nuts, sledgehammers, and ‘safe spaces’

Speak no evil

Though there are real problems to be tackled in terms of ensuring accessibility and fair treatment for members of oppressed groups, the proposed ‘safe spaces’ policy is over-elaborate, non-transparent, and open to abuse. So argues ComPlat supporter Mike Macnair in the article below, in which he also proposes an alternative code of conduct:

Report on Manchester LU, & the Gerry Adams controversy


The current issue of the Weekly Worker carries two articles concerning Left Unity.

In the first, ComPlat supporter Laurie McCauley reports on worrying developments in the Manchester branch, where a motion of censure has been brought against one comrade, for comments on the internal email list expressing polite disagreement with other members:

In other news, the writing of a fairly innocuous press release by the LU leadership on the arrest of Gerry Adams, in a rare display of initiative, has kicked off a huge barney on the article’s comment thread. Paul Demarty attempts to explain that avoiding disagreements is a road to nowhere in this article: