11 Apr 2011
Chris Bambery resigns from the SWP
Saw this on Alex Snowdon's blog including Chris Bambery's resignation letter.
To be honest while I have criticism of the SWP, generally they seem to have been doing good work, I have been very impressed with their support for climate action which has not been about parachuting in but long term steady work where people like Jonathan Neale and Martin Empson have worked cooperatively with Green Party members like me.
Some of their student activists like Chaz Singh and Mark Bergfeld have also really impressed me.
Locally SWP members out here in Berkshire are excellent and great to work with.
It's difficult to judge the contents of Chris's letter, although I thought he was good at the Coalition of Resistance conference last November.
I think far left parties need to rethink, radical social change from the grassroots is emerging amongst students and young people, there is an interest in Marx but little in enthusiasm for traditional left political parties.
To be fair to the SWP, all political parties have internal disputes and people resign.
In the past long standing members of the Green Party sometimes resign but generally people outside parties don't take much notice....the SWP for good or ill gets a lot of attention because so many people on the left were at one time members.
Incidentally I have been a Green Party member since 1980, I have not been tempted to join a far left party, although I have a strong left politics....I do think a lot of people in parties like the SWP, CPB, etc do very good work and are open to new thinking.
Without getting into a blog comments war, I would value peoples thoughts....what is this all about?