Red Labour andStop The Labour Purge have prepared this statement.
“I would encourage all members of the Labour Party to campaign for an end to expulsions, exclusions and suspensions of socialists who may have different views to those laid down prior to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as our leader – and to start by signing this statement.”
Ronnie Draper (General Secretary, BFAWU)
Please add your name by using the online form below statement.
With the new situation in the Labour Party, bureaucratic persecution of left-wing activists and use of expulsions and suspensions as a factional weapon against the left must end.
We are in an absurd situation where many people who campaigned energetically for the party in the General Election are excluded from membership. Changing this is an important part of the campaign to transform Labour.
The labour movement needs all its forces to take on the Tories…
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Marianne Talbot: another excellent series of lectures… well worth watching!
This is worth a read before you vote:
Worth another look given the current weaponisation of antisemitism:
I agree wholeheartedly with Finkelstein’s rational thinking in this matter. And he certainly has the scholarship to back it all up.
Following last week’s by-election results and the growing doubts over the legality and validity of the result in the Cumbrian seat of Copeland, in today’s volatile political climate it …
Agree with this. We cannot create a new elite. And also we would lose out from learning the concerns of those who self exclude.
One of the issues dividing commentators on this blog is whether participation in sortition-based assemblies should be mandatory or voluntary — see, for example. Those of us advocating legislative juries based on Athenian nomothetic panels advocate quasi-mandatory participation in order to ensure accurate descriptive representativity. Those, however, who argue for full in-depth participatory deliberation claim that mandatory participation would be ‘disastrous’, as it is hard to see how a a ‘full-charge’ legislature — essentially like existing elected legislatures but with members selected by lot — could function with (in effect) conscripted members.
A paper by Vincent Jacquet in the European Journal of Political Research, examines why it is that the overwhelming majority of randomly-selected persons refuse the invitation to participate in deliberative minipublics. Given that the descriptive representativity of the minipublic (vis-a-vis the target population) is one of the principal rationales for sortition, acceptance rates are extremely poor, ranging from 1% (America…
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