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Statement: SD response to Daly and Collins proposals
31 January 2013
We do not agree with the CJD and Bree statement.
The ULA has essentially collapsed into chaos. The CJD and Bree statement explains this as a combination of organizational failure and sectarian self interest on the part of the Socialist and Socialist Workers Parties.
The proposal is to build a loose left alliance with no action programme, a distinct bias towards electoral politics and a somewhat more democratic structure.
The likelihood is that the outcome will be the same. We should be doing something different.
Our view is that the ULA failure is a political failure based on a fatal ambiguity. It balanced between Dail representation and working class action, between revolution and reform. The lack of a coherent policy left the ULA as a vehicle for the different groups, encouraged organisational rivalry, left TDs without constraints and contributed to the abandonment of the original ULA programme.
We have to put flesh on the original ULA calls for repudiation of the debt, for independent organization of the working class and the need to develop a socialist alternative.
A first step in the battle to repudiate
the debt is a united campaign to force an already weakened Labour out of
the coalition government.
Opposition to coalition is put forward,
as it has been in many left unity initiatives, as a way of stretching the
definition of left as far to the right as possible when, before our eyes,
a real-life coalition is driving the working class into the ground and
the ULA have little to say about the issue .
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