I see that The Communist Party of Great Britain journal Weekly Worker printed my letter , which spurred a critic of the Socialist Party to reply .
I have no intention of indulging in any polemics with this person since from his own words , anyone with a less jaundiced eye than he , would note that his letter confirms what i wished to say - that we in the SPGB hold dear our democratic principles :-
...that we do permit open debate on our forum without censorship or witch-hunts to seek out party-line heresies
...that we do permit " albeit antagonistic " figures to remain within the same party and don't expel the one or the other in any sort of power struggle , as long as all sides bide by the commonly agreed rules and procedures
...and that , yes , i am quite happy for the politics of the Party to be played out in public , rather than behind closed doors by cliques or inner circles
Decisions on 'correct' political positions are settled by conference and membership referenda , not by the egos of the personalities involved in the arguments .