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Not answered

(1 February 1969)

From Socialist Worker, No. 107, 1 February 1969, p. 2.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

I HAVE NO DESIRE to vilify Sid Bidwell (January 25). My aim is to make a political – not a personal – point.

So far he has failed to answer my question. Does Sid Bidwell support the government’s policy imposing restrictions on coloured immigration?

Or does he still accept the position he advanced in his Socialist Review article, namely, that workers should be free to leave or enter Britain at will?

Internationalism is an essential part of socialist principles. Workers, as Marx said, have no fatherland.

We have to translate the slogan ‘Workers of the world unite’, into a reality.

But how can MPs who support restrictions introduced by the capitalist state possibly assist towards this end?

You can’t sincerely sing, ‘So comrades, come rally, the last fight let us face’ when you believe some comrades should be kept at arms length – indeed, out of the country.


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