Sadly, I was laid up in bed with this dratted ‘flu, and missed conference. But as comments about it are already seeping into other threads, perhaps it is better to start a dedicated discussion to it here.
Derek Wall has a third hand report on his blog, including this comment from a Green Party member who attended:
“‘Overall all speakers were very very positive towards the Green Party, George Galloway, Salma Yaqoob, Ger Francis and a number of other members made a very big deal of supporting the Green Party in various different ways and how we work mutually as two different parties.I think it is important to note that George Galloway called for people to vote for Peter Tatchell if they are able too and gave a stong endorsement of Peters politics, so fair play to George. They were obviously very positive about our decision to stand down for Salma but also talked often about Salmas support for us in the Euros and used it as an example about the right way to go about left unity. There was a lot of talk from George and others that Respect should not look to small far left cults for coalitions but to organisations like the ourselves”