‘Saturday's conference was called to primarily agree a constitution and finalise the name of the new party. However, it was clear in the run-up to conference there was going to be a very important debate on the character and type of organisation that Solidarity should be.
‘The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) used the conference to strongly argue against Solidarity being a socialist party. Instead, they advocated that Solidarity should be a “movement of the movements”, a home for those fighting Islamophobia, for the anti-war movement and for those opposing climate change.
‘During the debate on the name of the party, one SWP member said, “socialism should not be in the name, if we remove it people will join us“. The SWP voted for the name to be "Solidarity", dropping the reference to "Scotland's Socialist Movement".
‘One SWP speaker, after another, emphasised that if Solidarity was socialist it would put off people joining. They argued that Islamophobia was the “main political issue” in society, today, and that Solidarity has to prioritise winning more Muslims into its ranks.’
And from the Solidarity site, the following:
Solidarity Statement on Saddam Verdict
Monday, 06 November 2006
In 46 BC the captured Gallic leader, Vercingetorix, on the way to his execution, was paraded through the streets of Rome by Caesar to mark the fifth anniversary of his victorious campaign to quell revolt in Gaul and Germania, a campaign which secured the Roman Empire’s European possessions for many years to come.
On Sunday, November 5, 2006, pictures of Saddam Hussein in the dock receiving the death sentence at the end of a nine month 'show trial' were beamed around the world - a world increasingly controlled by a new Roman Empire with Washington DC its centre of power.
Over two thousand years separate the ignominious end of Vercingetorix and Saddam Hussein at the hands of an imperial behemoth, yet the parallels are striking. Simply put, both men stood up to the prevailing global power and both were destroyed.
That Saddam Hussein was a dictator who murdered and tortured many of his own people is undeniable. However, the death and carnage visited on the Iraqi people in three years of a brutal, illegal and immoral occupation, engineered by US plutocrats as a project to smash their way into the heart of the Middle East in order to control the regions vast energy reserves, is a crime against humanity for which those responsible should be held to account in an international criminal court.
Hat Tip: Shiraz Socialist
How to end this posting?
You couldn't make it up?
Hmm, these days it would seem you don't need to. Can't wait for this.