Let's go down to brass tacks, this isn't about sex, it's about the faction fight in the SSP. On the one hand, there are the group called the United Left (hardly) who while leading the SSP, has led it down a sectarian alleyway and alienated the party from the anti-war movement which it benefited so much from in 2003 when it won 6 MSPs. On the other hand there are those around Sheridan who have always seeked to drive the SSP into the movement, build the anti-G8 conference and Make Poverty History demonstrations, to unite the party with sections of the left breaking with Labour over issues like war, pensions, asylum and islamophobia. The United Left have consistently argued for SSP 'campaigns' instead of uniting with those outside the SSP.
They have achieved complete bankrupty by forcing Sheridan to resign as convenor because of the first hint of a smear by the press, but also because these smears were about his sexual life, which should remain his and his wife's issue rather than the SSP's. They then testified for the News Of The World.
Here's Rosie Kane, a MSP:
I can never work with Tommy again and I am not alone. Where that leaves the Scottish Socialist Party, I have no idea.
And Carolyn Leckie, another MSP:
I’m still a socialist. I don’t consider Tommy Sheridan to be one.
Their attempts to remove Sheridan at all costs has cost them their poltical dignity. There will be a special conference in October, Fox and his scabs should be removed.