30 - 31st October 2004
RESPECT's national conference is going to be a decisive moment in the
It is very welcome that the conference will take place over the
course of two days, which will give vital time to put flesh on the bones
of policy, structure and democracy.
It will be a time to ensure that RESPECT lives up to its name of the
"unity coalition" avoiding the pitfalls of both unprincipled opportunism
and hide bound sectarianism.
RESPECT needs to re-affirm its attempt at joint work with the Greens
and other progressive forces - but it also needs to lead with its left
foot on key questions, such as a woman's right to choose. In order to
really represent the anti-war movement RESPECT will need to take a path
that comes from below - out the struggles that are taking place, rather
than simply being a stratagem worked out by the leadership of various
sections of those movements.
This conference has the chance to re-open the possibility of support
from the CPB (who publish the Morning Star) sections of the independent
left and even (although unfortunately far less likely) the Socialist
Party and Forward Wales. We will see. A wrong turn at this conference
could fatally set back the left unity project and a sharply political
and outward looking conference could be just the boost it needs.
To contact RESPECT
or phone 020 7170 4030/1 or 07749 411 191
RESPECT website can be found at
And more info on the conference can be found at
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