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Open letter responses: A viable alternative

Issue No. 2158

‘This is an important opportunity for the left to finally unite around a key battle. Labour’s agenda is now as bankrupt as the economy.

We have attempted unity on a number of occasions in the past, sometimes successfully, but other times efforts have been frustrated over petty differences and power struggles. No more.

We have demonstrated and fought many things together – tuition fees, immigration controls, the homophobic Section 28 legislation and the International Monetary Fund to name a few.

We have backed striking workers and fought the fascists together.

If we fail to unite, the fascists could become entrenched in mainstream politics for a generation. We will bear the shame of this together.

Let the parties and groups of the British left come together now and organise to offer a viable alternative to Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Nick Griffin.

There will be arguments along the way but a united front is needed and it is needed now.’

Dean Scurlock, Penarth, South Wales

‘I’m not an activist now but I could be given the right circumstances.

I’ve been on the left all my life. But in recent years – well, since Tony Blair – I have felt, what is the point?

It’s ironic that at this point in time when capitalism is in massive crisis there are no viable alternatives making a way forward. If there is the possibility of some kind of meaningful alliance I would be more than happy to participate.

When I went to vote for the county council election I had three choices – Labour, Conservative or BNP. There was no contest, which made it easy, but clearly I’m not happy with Labour.

It was then a nightmare deciding how to vote on the European ballot and I truly think whichever alternative I took I would have regretted it.

I am going to send the open letter on to other people I know.’

Rohhss Chapman, Carlisle

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