The Socialist Unity Network originated in the Socialist Alliance. It is
not a political group conceived to add to the competition between the many
socialist organisations which already exist. It is a network of activists
which campaigns for the widest practical collaboration of left groups and
movements resisting the attacks of the Blair government.
In England the left has failed to make the break with the sectarian legacy that
has dogged the 'far left' for so long. Such divisions undermine our ability to
build a fightback against the Blair government.
The Socialist Unity Network therefore believes that, in the interests of
building resistance and striving to create the conditions in which a socialist
alternative to New Labour can emerge, it is necessary to strive to develop
collaborative methods of working as widely as possible. This is similar to the
process that led to the formation of the SSP in Scotland, which was the result
of a number of years of common work and discussion which enabled previously
competing and sometimes hostile organisations to overcome old antagonisms and to
develop greater political agreement.
Our supporters include members of political groups, such as Respect, and others
who are not members of a group. However, what unites us is the belief that we
should strive for practical unity between the left groups in the interests of
the working class and all those oppressed by capitalism. We campaign to do so in
the local areas where we work and at the national level where we can. We are
involved in the Socialist Green Unity Coalition which aims to prevent clashes
between left organisations in the General Election.
The Network operates as far as possible by consensus. Where practical questions
demand, we operate by majority decision, though we do not demand that Network
members adhere to a decision if they feel strongly opposed to it.
We utilize the Socialist Unity Network website as a source of information
and discussion for the wider movement. We have an email discussion list which is
probably one of the least conflictive you will find on the internet.
If you would like to become a supporter of the network please
email us. What
does this entail?
Working with other Network supporters if there are any in your area;
Helping us with the website by writing or forwarding material for it;
If you join the email list we ask you to honour its confidentiality. Nothing
should be reproduced from it without the agreement of the writer;
We ask for a modest standing order to help us cover our costs;
After the General Election we will be organising a series of meetings around the
country on the theme of 'Which way forward for the left'. You can help us to
If you would like discussion on the Network, please