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We need to sit down and say that there is far more that unites us than divides us, and we must come to an agreement – even if it’s just agreeing not to stand against each other in seats where one of us has a good chance of winning. We need to talk about endorsing and supporting candidates in those areas. There are serious discussions to be had. But it’s not positive to dismiss the possibility of such cooperation so quickly; that attitude has damaged the left for the past 20 years.
Respect will look to deepen its roots in all communities by working on bread and butter issues, and not just at election time. If we want to build a genuine left, it must come from the bottom up. I”m confident that such grass-roots building will take place before the next general election. In east London, for example, Respect is already creating alliances around housing and social deprivation.
There has been a lot of criticism of Respect. But the organisation is only in its infancy. Our party convention in the autumn will clarify and develop our policies and structures. We hope that it will be attended by people from outside Respect, who will be able to engage in critical discussions with lots of different perspectives. I want our structures to mirror those of other parties so that we have branches in constituencies and wards and the leadership is directly elected and accountable to its members.
People are also concerned that Respect exploited the “Muslim vote”, but really that vote is of ordinary people. We need to deal with different sectors of society to make a proper coalition; who is really aiming to do that in your community? I don’t want Muslims to be used by the Trots, but I don’t want them to sit at home, either. Our candidates were the most diverse of any party, ever. There were women, black and Asian candidates, young people. The Green Party, in contrast, is mostly white and middle class.
There’s also an issue of the role the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) plays in Respect. The SWP is a significant force in the coalition, but it is only one element. If people are concerned about its influence they should make the SWP even more of a minority by joining Respect. Come and be involved. Respect wants to be open and transparent.
The collapse of Carillion could be a watershed moment. Let's seize it to end economically disastrous outsourcing schemes. By Cat Hobbs.
Campaign groups highlight UK complicity in Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses.
Three founders of Momentum talk to Ashish Ghadiali about the two years that have transformed their lives and the fortunes of the British left.
Andrew Smith from Campaign Against the Arms Trade gives the run-down on one of the UK's most profitable - and most deadly - industries.
The real story behind the fire in Grande Synthe’s Linière refugee camp, Dunkirk. From 'Bordered Lives – How Europe fails refugees and migrants' by Hsiao-Hung Pai
Javier Pérez De La Cruz writes about the working class Berlin neighbourhood wrung dry by gentrifiers.
Across the world, thousands of protesters are taking on the planet’s biggest fossil fuel companies. We should support them – and if we can, we should join them. By Kara Moses
Students are suffering the effects of financial instability, stress, and slashed mental health services. Mark Crawford reports.
They're not defending free speech - they're just seeking to shore up their own power, writes Ilyas Nagdee
How can the heavily-armed Israeli state claim to be victimised by one teenage activist? By Richard Seymour.
Jeremy Hunt is poised to flog the last of the NHS
Peter Roderick sounds the alarm on an 'attack on the fundamental principles of the NHS'.
Viva Siva, 1923-2018
A. Sivanandan, who died this week, was a hugely important figure in the politics of race and class. As part of our tributes, Red Pepper is republishing this 2009 profile of him by Arun Kundnani
Sivanandan: When memory forgets a giant
Daniel Renwick calls for the whole movement to discover and remember the vital work of A. Sivanandan, who died this week
A master-work of graphic satire
American Jewish cartoonist Eli Valley’s comic commentary on America, the US Jewish diaspora and Israel is nothing if not near the knuckle, Richard Kuper writes
Meet the frontline activists facing down the global mining industry
Activists are defending land, life and water from the global mining industry. Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades investigate.
Transition or succession? Zimbabwe’s future looks uncertain
The fall of Mugabe doesn't necessarily spell freedom for the people of Zimbabwe, writes Farai Maguwu
Don’t let Corbyn’s opponents sneak onto the Labour NEC
Labour’s powerful governing body is being targeted by forces that still want to strangle Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, writes Alex Nunns
Labour Party laws are being used to quash dissent
Richard Kuper writes that Labour's authorities are more concerned with suppressing pro-Palestine activism than with actually tackling antisemitism