From: Anders Ekeland (anders.ekeland@ONLINE.NO)
Date: Sun May 06 2007 - 14:22:14 EDT
Dear all, The split in the SSP a sad thing, and the most problematic as I see it here from afar, is that there are very trustworthy people on both sides. From what I know of the affair, it seems strange to me that a majority of the old leadership should witness against Sheridan, if there was not a grain of truth in the question of Sheridan frequenting a swingers club, which in itself is no sin, it was Sheridan's denial of the facts that made the conflict so bitter. But let's not discuss this here. I just wanted to state that to make a real judgement in this case one would have to study the evidence very carefully. Both sides have credentials as dedicated militants to the good cause for decade after decade - and everybody agree that the split was a very unfortunate one. Which means that genral confidence in this or that person is not enough, one would have to study the facts in detail. Regards Anders At 23:53 05.05.2007, you wrote: >I know Tommy personally. I met him many times in >Glasgow ind Edinburgh. Though I do not agree >with everything what he believes, thinks and >does, I must admit he is one of the most >impressive socialist leaders Scotland has ever >had on the left. He is in my view one of the few >charismatic and revolutionary candidates to >unite the left. I do not believe a single word >of this rubbish. It is a campagn to split the >left so that it does not become a serious factor >in Scotland and Britain. Pity that bourgeosie >could find allies within the left. > >Dogan > > >-----UrsprĂĽngliche Mitteilung----- >Von: wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK >An: OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU >Verschickt: Sa., 5. Mai. 2007, 21:22 >Thema: Re: [OPE-L] Scottish election > > >The SSP split at the end of last year into the SSP and Solidarity, the latter >headed by Sherridan. > >The reasons was a court case which had the whole nation gripped for a month >in which Tommy defended himself against libels put out in Maxwells papers to >the effect that he was a drinker, drug user, and frequenter of Swingers clubs. > >He conducted his own defence, won the case and was awarded ÂŁ100,000 damages >against Maxwells papers, but several SSP members of parliament appeared >as witnesses for the papers and against Tommy. After his victory in the court >case this caused so much bad blood between the MPs that they split. It >also polarised the membership between those who believed him, and those >who believed the allegations against him in the press. > >Prior to the court case some of the MSPs had been spreading even more lurid >tales to blacken his name : that he dealt in drugs, that he was involved in >smuggling Ukranian prostitutes into the country etc. From what I know of him >as a leader of struggles going back years, these allegations seem unlikely - >he makes a point of being a non-smoker, non-drinker etc. > >Prior to the split there did not appear to be any pressing ideological >issues at stake. I put it down to personal rivalries among the new MSPs >agravated by interference by the yellow press and perhaps agent provocateurs. > >Bugs were found in Tommy's car, secret tapes of his discussions with >executive members were released to the TV etc. > >Paul Cockshott > ><http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/%7Ewpc>www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~wpc > > > >-----Original Message----- >From: OPE-L on behalf of Dogan Goecmen >Sent: Sat 5/5/2007 7:31 PM >To: OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU >Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Scottish election > > > > > >"1. The socialists had split into two parties competing for the same votes" > > Paul, > > who were these two socialist parties and what was the reason that they had >split? > > Dogan > >________________________________________________________________________ >Kostenlos: AOL eMail >2 GB Speicherplatz sowie erstklassiger Spam- und eMail Virenschutz. >Sichern Sie sich Ihre persĂ¶nliche eMail Adresse noch heute! > > >---------- ><http://www.aol.de/email/>Kostenlos: AOL eMail >2 GB Speicherplatz sowie erstklassiger Spam- und eMail Virenschutz. >Sichern Sie sich Ihre persĂ¶nliche eMail Adresse noch heute!
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