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Alistair Hulett and Jimmy Gregory Internationale

This is is a passionate and not caricatured rendering of a great song.The Internationale...Alistair Hulett the ex Roaring Jack singer songwriter based in his native Scotland after 25 years in Australia.
Visit him at www.alistairhulett.com
Sourced through Fenian Rising

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MAX WATTS | September 21, 2007

GREAT ! NOTE: HEWLETT SINGS VERSES 1, 5 AND 2 OF 6. THE INTERNATIONALE. WORDS WRITTEN IN JUNE 1871
THE 5TH (RITA) VERSE IS ALMOST ALWAYS SUPPRESSED:
LES ROIS NOUS SAOULENT PAR LEUR FUMEES, / PAIX ENTRE NOUS, GUERRE AUX TYRANS/ DECRETONS LA GREVE AUX ARMEES, /CROSSES EN AIR, ROMPONS LES RANGS.
S'ILS S'OBSTINENT, CES CANAIBALES/ DE FAIRE DE NOUS DES HEROS, / ILS SAURONT BIENTOT QUE NOS BALLES/ SONT POUR NOS PROPRES GENERAUX.

C'EST LA LUTTE FINALE...GROUPONS NOUS ET DEMAIN, L'INTERNATIONALE SERA LE GENRE HUMAINE...

Alex Miller | September 25, 2007

I used to be a great fan of Hulett's, until he decided to join the rest of the SWP in attempting to destroy the Scottish Socialist Party. Indeed, Hulett played at the founding meeting of the SWP's media celebrity-oriented Solidarity organisation in Glasgow in September 2006. I've binned all my old Hulett CDs and won't ever buy another.

Red Wombat | September 25, 2007

While bearing the acrimony of the unnecessary and destructive splitting of the SSP firmly in mind, I still listen to Hulett. Admittedly, with a certain amount of unavoidable bitterness and irony, but the music maintains its quality and politics regardless.

Of course, I refuse to play it in the company of any of my scottish friends, on the chance that it will open a bloody argument.

In many ways, there is a comparison to be made with the utter sell-out of Peter Garrett. That particular bald-arsed recalcitrant opportunist has taken the "bump-me-into-parliament" route, but the music, and the politics contained therein, still has a certain appeal.

Admittedly, the situation in Scotland is still far too raw at the moment, so I'm not asking Alex to put himself through anything uncomfortable ("The Old Divide and Rule" indeed).

But I'm still optimistic about the future of the left in Scotland, and as it rebuilds, the music of Hulett - or someone like him - will be needed.

Actually, how goes the renaissance of the SSP? I am still only getting piecemeal information.

Alex Miller | September 26, 2007

The SSP took a huge hit in the May elections to Holyrood, losing all 4 of our MSPs and one of our councillors. I think its fair to say that the result was far worse than even the pessimists among us anticipated. It will be a slow job rebuilding in Scotland, especially with further no doubt high profile court action scheduled for later in the year when the News of the World appeal comes up, and there is also an ongoing perjury investigation still taking place. But the SSP is still very much alive. A new party bookshop opened up in Glasgow earlier this month and the Scottish Socialist Voice has started publication again, albeit on a fortnightly basis and with reduced staffing. A new issue of Frontline came out recently too, and the party conference takes place in Dundee in a few weeks. The most important thing for now is that the SSP still contains the finest socialist hearts and minds in the country, including the Scottish Socialist Youth, which had the wisdom and maturity to follow the SSP rather than the London-based sectarian wreckers set loose by the SWP and their ilk.

Dave Riley | September 26, 2007

The new outbreak of debate in and about Respect in England is relevant to what is the continuing potency of regroupment politics. The split in the SSP -- which was not due alone to the opportunism and sectarianism of the SWP -- set the trajectory for regroupment back significantly in the English speaking world.

Glasgow sneezes and we all catch cold -- that's for sure.

However, SWP spin is still a persuasive argument for a section of the far left, both in the UK and elsewhere, and regardless of what the Scottish comrades of the SSP may know to be the case, thats' a fact of political existence.

It may take a succesful prosecution for perjury to clear the air -- but even then that may not suffice as a means to clarifying the truth within this milieu of political activists. So the intensity of factional disputation at some stage has to be transcended.

That's the bitter truth. So while the SWP may not be an outfit you'd want to trust -- they are still a key player in the British Isles on the left as is the CWI crowd who were equally complicit in the sorry deed.

But it needs to be recognized what is at stake here because, in effect, the SSP project is STILL in competition with these other patented and rigid party building templates.

And until such time as the SSP or the SA here can sustain a certain level of growth, buoyancy and ongoing political relevance the groupuscule mentality that warps the outlook of this far left will remain.

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