Andy Newman is a former Socialist Alliance activist who has followed developments in Respect closely. Martin Thomas interviewed him.
Both sides of the row are saying that Respect is in a bad way, yet you've chosen this time to rejoin. Why?
I’m not sure that both sides are saying that it is in a bad way. The SWP’s line now is that it is business as usual.
One of the biggest problems we had in the early days of the Socialist Alliance, and the early days of Respect, is that both were dominated by the particular form of democratic centralism associated with the SWP and the Socialist Party, not