Trots,  UK Politics

Fifty Seven Varieties

‘Workers of all lands unite’ is one of the more famous slogans in Marx and Engels’  joint effort of 1848 – the Communist Manifesto.

Here’s some socialist organisational tenets from that same publication:

The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to other working-class parties.
They have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole.
They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own to shape and mould the proletarian movement

Seems simple enough doesn’t it? Stick together: unity is strength.

How do you think Britain’s Trotskyists have been getting on with putting these principles into practice since the founder of scientific socialism first scratched the words onto parchment a hundred and sixty years ago?

Go on, have a guess.

Give up?

Here’s the final list of candidates for the Glasgow East by-election to be held on 12th November:

Charlie Baillie – British National Party
Willie Bain – Labour
Eileen Baxendale – Liberal Democrats
Mev Brown – independent
Colin Campbell – The Individuals Labour and Tory (TILT)
Ruth Davidson – Conservative
David Doherty – Green Party
Mikey Hughes
David Kerr – SNP
Louise McDaid, – Socialist Labour Party
Kevin McVey – Scottish Socialist Party – Make Greed History
Tommy Sheridan – Solidarity
John Smeaton – Jury Team

That’s right folks. The electors of a single Glasgow constituency now have an enviable choice of not one, not two but three Trots to ignore in a fortnight’s time.

First up we have Louise McDaid, who stands firmly for the principle of non-sectarianism (except when it comes to sinking her differences with electoral competitors of a left-wing persuasion); next up is Kevin McVey, who believes passionately in proletarian unity (except for certain nameless folk he was in the same party with only a couple of years ago) and finally our old friend Tommy Sheridan, who wouldn’t dream of deviating from the struggle for harmony and oneness (unless it’s with people who believe almost exactly the same things as him).

Hat tip: (no sniggering at the back) Socialist Unity.