CC dirty tricks, latest IDOOP
The latest update from IDOOP exposes dirty tricks by the CC and its supporters, but will IDOOP continue being so soft in the face of this?
United against the CC, but is IDOOP hardheaded enough?
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The update includes:
2. Tips on organising for your aggregate
3. Faction meetings
We will be circulating further information soon, including
responding to the increasing attacks on SWP students.
We are sometimes winning votes, but we are increasingly winning
arguments. Both are important. Winning arguments puts us
in a good position to strengthen the SWP in the medium term - as long
as we can hold people in the party.
Only the first few aggregates have taken place, and there is still
everything to fight for. While it is likely that the CC will
win most or all votes at the special conference, given the nature of
the operation by CC supporters, the hard work of faction members is
already making a difference.
In Bristol, where the faction isn't strong, the delegation elected
included 2 IDOOP members and a number of undecided delegates.
In Cambridge IDOOP won 5 of the 10 delegate places. In Essex,
IDOOP won 9 of the 14 delegates.
But where the CC supporters are strong enough, or where faction
members have failed to ring-round all the registered members
(including those who are inactive or don't pay subs), CC supporters
are trying to prevent IDOOP or the middle ground having any
representation at conference. In Glasgow the CC supporters took
all 28 delegates. In Hackney CC supporters voted off all IDOOP
members, including comrades with detailed knowledge of Disputes
Committee procedures. In the Home Counties and Leicester CC
supporters prevented any IDOOP members being elected - even using
inactive and non-subs-paying members to block key party activists
from going to conference.
It is crucial that faction members ring round every registered
member in the district before the aggregate. If comrades turn
up at the aggregate having heard only slurs and fabrications about
IDOOP and not having talked to us, we are likely to lose the votes.
At yesterday's faction meeting in Manchester, CC supporters
declined to debate IDOOP with equal time for each side. It
seems they don't have the confidence to argue their case politically
without the advantage of 45 minutes for one side against 6 for the
other. 3 more comrades joined the faction at the meeting.
As at the national faction caucus, comrades on arriving found that
the room booking had mysteriously vanished. The room for
tonight's Leeds faction meeting had also been cancelled by someone
else. Faction members making bookings for faction meetings
should be clear with the venue that only named comrades can cancel or
change the booking and ideally pay in advance.
2. Tips on organising for your aggregate:
It is vital that faction members in each district speak to every
registered member and discuss (as appropriate):
a) Their views on the debate in the party
b) Are they going to the aggregate?
c) Will they vote for some/all faction
members to be delegates to conference?
d) Are they standing for election as conference
e) Will they join the faction?
The best way to organise this work is to make a spreadsheet
listing each comrade, marking off who is in the faction, who has
signed the CC statement, and keeping track of who is talking to each
comrade and what the results were.
Ensure that as many faction supporters and people who are
undecided go to the aggregate.
A clear understanding, in advance, of who is going to be at the
aggregate and where each person stands is vital. You can then
estimate how many votes faction members are likely to get and use
that to determine how many candidates it is best to stand.
There is no point standing lots of candidates in an area where we
aren’t strong and getting none elected. If you want to
discuss how to work out how many candidates to stand etc, please ring
Dan on xxxxxxxxx or Rob on xxxxxxxxxxx.
When standing for election, it is a good idea to include the fact
that you are an IDOOP member in your election statement, along with
the roles you play in the party and the movement. At many
aggregates there will be comrades you have never met, so this can
make a difference.
It's a good idea to organise a caucus before the aggregate.
The main faction speaker should focus on a positive explanation of
what we stand for. Faction members in the district should plan
to divide up the key issues that need addressing between them.
Where comrades have spent a minute debunking a myth about our faction
then two minutes making a positive key point this has worked well.
Comrades report being told that the faction committee has agreed
faction speaking rights with the CC. This is untrue. The
CC has decided that it will have up to 45 minutes to speak at
aggregates, granting itself a lengthy introduction, an extended
contribution from a second CC speaker, and a right of reply. Faction
speakers have been granted just 6 minutes with no right of reply.
Comrades in the aggregate should propose votes are taken on two
changes – firstly to give the faction speaker the right of reply,
and secondly to give a longer introduction. Many comrades who
are undecided will want to hear the arguments.
Finally, the elected faction committee is trying to keep an
overview of our work and can only do this if comrades in each
These should include the number of delegates from your district, how
many candidates you are standing for conference, how many you expect
to win (high & low estimates), where you might get motions
through and the outcome of meetings.
3. Faction meetings
Successful open faction meetings have already been held in
Liverpool and Manchester. Further meetings (followed by faction
caucuses) are planned.
Tuesday 26 February, 6:30pm, Leeds Metropolitan University,
Broadcasting Place, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2
· Tuesday 26
February, 7pm, The Hubs (Hallam University Students Union),
Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
There will also be a national faction caucus and meeting on
Saturday 9th March, the eve of special conference (details to be
confirmed). All faction members are encouraged to attend,
whether you are a delegate to conference or not. As well as
preparing for conference, the caucus will discuss how we can hold
comrades in the party afterwards and continue to fight for a stronger
SWP after the faction dissolves at the end of conference.
Please do your best to attend and encourage others to come.
The open meetings have proved effective for clarifying issues amongst
faction members, recruiting new faction members, influencing comrades
who are undecided and for dispelling some of the misconceptions held
by CC supporters.
Latest IDOOP documents
IDOOP Caucus documents.doc
Motions to conference.doc
In Defence of Our Party.pdf
The 2009 'Democracy Commission' report.pdf