The 2009 Respect National Conference was held yesterday in Birmingham . we will post some reports and comments here over the next week or two.
This was a quick reply by the Editor to a comment [comment 33 in the blog thred] from Derek Wall (Green party) on the Socialist Unity Blog (the subject matter was : ANTI RACISTS CLASH WITH SDL FASCISTS IN GLASGOW
Post 33 “on another matter, son of NO2EU motion defeated at Respect conference today”
Derek it was worse than that for many of us on the left as Respect has clearly moved to the right in a big way led by George, Salma and friends - but you will be happy to know that an electorial agreements with the Greens (not on policy but a trade off for votes) was seen as the the way forward rather than any alliance with others on the left or the trade union movement (Geoege flatly refused to have anything to do with this).
Key speakers on the whole opposed any attempt to stop the BNP/SDL/EDL by mobilsation and confrontation should this be required - it was not ruled out but they saw an appeal to the “police” as just as important if not more important.
I wont go on too much as this is not the right thred but it would be nice to have one on the Respect Conference (please).
It looks to me like the SWP were right, and have been right all along that Respect was going to, and has moved, clearly to the right - community politics and opportunist alliances are in, while Soialism is out for good! (I am sure I will get a reply to this very quickly from the “conference majority” but be it known that at least a third of the Respect conference supported a more socialist /trade union orientated perpective).
Those of us on the left in Respect have a great deal to think about in the next few months - can we continue in Respect? It felt at times that George/ Salma and others were only too happy to see socialists like myself leave Respect - but just what will they be left with?