Hands up all those who actually know someone in the
Socialist Workers’ Party.
Hmm, just as I thought.
Now hands up all those who think the Socialist Workers’ Party plays a significant role in British public life.
Exactly. The SWP is a marginal, far-left revolutionary grouping of placard-toting obsessives and droning Marxist bores which until very recently had zero public impact except in the context of raucous and occasionally violent demonstrations.
Yet astonishingly, it has all but derailed a key government policy designed to bring jobless youngsters back into the workplace.
This scheme targets 16 to 24-year-olds who have been unemployed for three to nine months, and gives them a work experience placement lasting between two and eight weeks to make them more attractive to employers.