About the Weekly Worker
is the paper of the Communist Party of Great Britain.
like the Socialist Workers Party publishes Socialist
and the Socialist Party in England and Wales publishes The
no. Both the SWP and SPEW consider themselves to be the already
existing proto-party. Most of the other groups think of themselves in
the same way. Because, they believe, they
will provide the core of the future mass party, their task is to
outpace their rivals and make them irrelevant. Sooner or later, the
masses will be won to the one true line and accept the SWP, SPEW (or
whatever) as the
working class party.
their papers reflect this sectarianism. Pick up a copy of Socialist
and you will only very rarely find even a mention of their main
rival. You will never
find recognition of papers like the Weekly
All the other groups are, by and large, regarded as distractions -
better to pretend they do not really exist than give them undeserved
take the diametrically opposite point of view. There is
no proto-party, and the main task facing the working class movement
is to construct one in the here and now. Week in, week out, the
hammers home this message - in order for our class to make any kind
of advance, let alone become the ruling
it needs a single, united Marxist party.
such a formation will not come about through recruiting to one of the
existing sects at the expense of the others. It will only come about
through overcoming our debilitating divisions on a principled basis.
There is no objective reason why comrades across the left cannot come
together to forge the beginnings of the party we need.
it as its role to encourage and facilitate such unity, our main focus
is on the existing left. Our paper is aimed at its membership and
periphery and constantly criticises its failings and inadequacies.
Does that make us
sectarian? Not at all. The aim is not to do down the others for its
own sake, but to point to what ought to be.
that end the Weekly
is a champion of open polemic. We regularly and willingly open up our
pages to those with whom we strongly disagree - not just in our
extensive letters columns, but in the main body of the paper. Only
through rigorous, no-holds-barred debate can ideas be tested and if
necessary amended, qualified or corrected.
is what makes the Weekly
different from the rest.
Peter Manson, Weekly Worker editor