Left Unity website launched
A new website Leftunity.org has been launched by a growing number of people from different political backgrounds, including socialists, Anarchists and Green movement activists – who want to work together to unite the Left in Britain into a more coherent and credible force.
Leftunity.org went live on 1 February and has already made a splash online. The organisers of the site hope that it can provide a forum for debate on the key issues facing the Left, and an organisational tool to try and bring progressive forces together.
As the About Us section of the site explains; “The need for cooperation amongst those forces which seek to bring change to our society is vital, to enable us to overcome the obstacles of the first-past-the-post electoral system. The need for unity is paramount as attacks on the living and working conditions of ordinary people intensify, and the very fabric of our welfare state is being destroyed. We need to open a dialogue of the Left, as a matter of urgency, to ensure that we do not remain outside of these developments.”
The website opened with a very useful article from Alan Gibbon looking at “What kind of Left do we need?“. Alan examines the possibilities opening up for the Left today, whilst warning of some of the obstacles; “On the one hand a broad-based, principled, non-sectarian Left of Labour organisation is urgently needed. On the other, past experience (Socialist Alliance, Respect) warns us that the British Left is notoriously fractious and self-harming.” Only a root and branch discussion across the Left can give us the ideas and momentum we need to overcome the problems that have built up in recent years, pointing us in the direction of a “genuinely reinvigorated Left” which is so needed today.
The website is looking for written contributions and reports from struggle and activity. Please get in touch through the website if people want to participate either by writing for the site or getting involved in the push for a more united Left movement in Britain.