It has just been brought to my attention that you have published an internal Socialist Workers’ Party document including my and other signatories, on to a public blog without permission. I would like to make the following clear:As a scrupulously fair blogger, I'm always happy to clarify matters so readers can weigh up the arguments and make their own mind up about the stuff I write and reproduce. However, Penny would have been wiser to take this matter up with Charlie Kimber. After all, he was the one responsible for compiling the list, appending union affiliations without a personal capacity note, and circulating it to hundreds of email addresses. But, as we know, there are too many papers to sell and campaigns to hijack for SWP members to find the time to hold their leaders to account.
a) The signatories who are members of this union continue to support the SWP’s handling of this difficult issue, but would like to make it clear that it would be inappropriate to infer that this means the EIS has a view on it or has a locus in this issue.
b) The signatories that you have published including EIS next to our first names and surname initials, signed the document in a personal capacity and not on behalf of our trade union, the EIS.
If you are not prepared to take down this document from your blog, or remove all references to the EIS, I request that the above is publish the above to make this clear.
Penny Gower, Edinburgh
Friday, 19 April 2013
Remember the 'Lynch mob 500' list of SWP members who were quite happy to go along with their central committee's shameful handling of serious sexual assault allegations? Well, after a couple of months in the public domain the following comment was posted this morning.