Militant Tendency and The Socialist Party: first as tragedy, now as farce.

December 10, 2015 at 6:32 pm (comedy, fantasy, Jim D, labour party, political groups, reformism, Socialist Party, television)

Whatever one thought of them, the Militant Tendency was a serious force within the Britsh labour movement (including the Labour Party) in the 1970s and ’80s. Since leaving the Labour Party in 1991 their influence has waned dramatically and efforts to stand candidates in elections (as TUSC and No2EU) have resulted in derisory votes.

Now, after years of declaring the Labour Party a dead end and a waste of time, the SP finds itself completely nonplussed by the election of Jeremy Corbyn. Here (on last night’s Channel 4 News) Michael Crick interviews the SP’s National Organiser Sarah Sachs-Eldridge about their call to “deselect” Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy whilst not being members of the Labour Party. Crick can scarcely keep a straight face:

NB: The SP’s website describes Crick as an “arch witch-hunter” but as they’re outside the Labour Party it’s difficult to see how this amounts to a “witch-hunt” in any meaningful way.

H/t Alex Dawson


  1. Dave Draycott said,

    Isn’t anything a witch hunt, unless they’re the ones doing it.

  2. Political Tourist said,

    Haven’t the Soggy Oggies been in and out the LP.

  3. Glasgow Working Class said,

    The Labour Party have lost the plot letting a middle class burd with a triple barrelled name who is not a party member speak for them. Come back Tony all is forgiven.

  4. Bazza said,

    Lets hope this lot don’t rejoin and cock everything up like they did in the eighties!

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      They cocked it up in the seventies and recovered in the nineties. It is like the hokey kokey.

  5. Boleyn Ali said,

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