[Marxism] Oskar Lafontaine leaves SPD - WASG + PDS should run together
mjsbpmagen-mxmail at yahoo.fr
Tue May 24 06:28:27 MDT 2005
Oskar Lafontaine, former Kanzler candidate and Finance Minister of the
SPD in Germany, has announced his resignation from the SPD after 39
years of membership.
He said that he will only join the new "left" party WASG if it runs on
the same list as the PDS, the former Eastern German governing party
(SED) which out of government responsibility sounds like the OLD SPD,
but in those states where it shares government responsibility, acts like
the NEW SPD.
Short statement, in german, from the PDS in which they declare their
readiness to talk:
ditto from WASG
Oskar Lafontaine, as a speaker, is comparable to George Galloway, with
the emphasis, however, on his leftish rhetoric - a damn good speaker and
an asset for the TV debates. The PDS have also their "TV personalities",
such as Gregor Gysi.
These and WASG with its former members of the SPD, good union
connectons, together with the marxist Linksrueck, (plus the possible
entry of SAV, a CWI member - if the others don't continue blocking their
entry) makes an interesting mixture of reformists and marxists - more
interesting, indeed, than the UK's "Respect" because of the experience
in government which their members bring.
All this must be seen in the context of the SPD's massive electoral and
membership losses, its game of playing the "least evil" and the
highly-probable upcoming brought-forward general elections this autumn
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