By Paul Embery
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On Socialism and Journalism

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As co-editor of the rank and file paper for firefighters, Red Watch - and, indeed, a member of the Labour Party - I can assure Martin Wicks that our publication is not an SWP front (Letters, July/August SR).
Issue 277

Red Watch was created by firefighters from stations in central London, who were campaigning for exemption from the congestion charge. With the birth of the national pay campaign, the paper took on a different dimension and is now a respected journal, read by FBU members nationwide.

It has a democratically elected editorial board – only one of whom is an SWP member (shock, horror!) – and has carried articles representing many different strands of opinion on the left (one, dare I say, arguing for retention of the link with Labour).

Of course, the SWP is a driving force behind many rank and file organisations – and long may it continue to be so. But FBU members and activists do possess the intelligence to think for ourselves, and the SWP the nous to allow us to do so.

Paul Embery
Co-editor, Red Watch

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