Having claimed that the opposition to the Central Committee's current strategy and perspective is limited to a tiny minority, the leadership of the party has been compelled to acknowledge the seriousness and depth of the crisis that they are in. Their acknowledgment of the faction, setting aside the astoundingly misjudged tone of said acknowledgment (about which more later), is a small sign that they at last recognise reality.
Even so, the response is characteristic of the ham-fisted, bureaucratic short-cuts that they have deployed throughout this debacle. The CC's response calls a special conference on 10th March, just over four weeks from now. We want a special conference. But this is, in fact, a manoeuvre of exactly the same type as the arbitrary deadline imposed on motions for a special conference prior to the National Committee. Its purpose is approximately the same: to drastically curtail the period of debate. Article 4 of the party constitution states: "Three months before each Conference the Central Committee opens a special pre-conference discussion in the organisation." Accordingly, we have called for, and continue to call for, "a full pre-conference period". It is the right of members to a full period of discussion, and the need for it is obvious. If the most profound crisis in the history of the party does not require an unhurried, serious, in-depth debate, then what does?