Peter Taaffe, leader of the Socialist Party, has written two long polemics against AWL over Libya, the second of them digressing to many other things, back to Taaffe’s grievances against criticisms in the 1960s.
The AWL formally and publicly challenges Taaffe to debate the issues publicly, and we offer him a platform and an audience at our summer school, “Ideas for Freedom”, on 8-10 July.
‘Shiraz Socialist’ is not an AWL blog, but we are in favour of free and honest debate on the left. We note that the AWL challenges Peter Taaffe to debate the present situation in Libya, stating:
“We wrote to the Socialist Party challenging them to a debate on 21 April, as soon as Taaffe’s first polemic appeared on the web.
“We have written to them again since then, and repeatedly followed up with phone calls to their office. No reply yet: which indicates that they are not sure.
“Do they dare venture into public face-to-face debate? On the other hand, do they want the derision they will face on the left if they write at such length and with such a laboured display of indignation, and yet flee public debate?
“Peter Taaffe: what is your answer?”