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ALB
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alanjjohnstone wrote:
Whatever happened to Richard Cummings, BTW? Does anybody know?
He's rumoured to have converted to Anglicanism and to be working in the City but we shouldn't be discussing all this here, should we?

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alanjjohnstone wrote:

What i find galling is that Socialist Studies members are in possession of much that is of value to the archives of the Party and have no intention of placing it into our safe-keeping. angle

There is the banner, whether that belonged to Camden or North West London might be argued.

They have around 180 audio tapes, but only a handful of these are recorded prior to 1991.

Radio broadcasts and Interviews in the USA, C. May (1960)

The scientific basis of socialism, H. Young (1960)

Plus Feminism and Socialism A. Waters (1977)

Marxian Economics, E. Hardy (1968)

Why You Should be a Socialist, E. Hardy (1988)

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I was around at the time tho' my memory is a little foggy. Members acted grossly undemocratically and other members were allowed to say so without being referred to as 'disruptive' 

Those were the days

 

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I was out of the party at the time but i did hear that those members that went on to form Socialist Studies expressed homophobic sentiments. Not sure if this is supported or not? Maybe some can reply. 

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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ALB wrote:

alanjjohnstone wrote:
Whatever happened to Richard Cummings, BTW? Does anybody know?
He's rumoured to have converted to Anglicanism
Actually, it's worse. He's actually become an Anglican priest, joining two other ex-members, the Rev Toby Crowe and the Rev Andrew Wilkes. If we are to be an Anglican seminary who's next? Mind you, as churches go, that's the best as in it anything goes and you don't even have to believe in god. The Rev Wilkes voted for us in the 2014 European elections and actually applied to rejoin (hope Robbo isn't following this thread).

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The Rev Wilkes voted for us in the 2014 European elections and actually applied to rejoin

Nice to have his blessing. 

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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I thought we were supposed to be 'anglo-marxists' rather than 'anglican-marxists'?

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ALB wrote:

ALB wrote:

alanjjohnstone wrote:
Whatever happened to Richard Cummings, BTW? Does anybody know?
He's rumoured to have converted to Anglicanism
Actually, it's worse. He's actually become an Anglican priest, joining two other ex-members, the Rev Toby Crowe and the Rev Andrew Wilkes. If we are to be an Anglican seminary who's next? Mind you, as churches go, that's the best as in it anything goes and you don't even have to believe in god. The Rev Wilkes voted for us in the 2014 European elections and actually applied to rejoin (hope Robbo isn't following this thread).

We did get one back the other way, the Late Comrade Kevin Lennon, used to relate how he left a catholic seminary when he was on the verge of taking holy orders after he had come into contact with the party and joined us soon afterwards,


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Special mention for the late J. Force of the SPGB Bristol Group who mentions in an obituary for another Bristol comrade that he was studying for holy orders before joining the SPGB:

Link: August 1980 obituary

That makes it 3-2. We're making a comeback!

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alanjjohnstone wrote:

I was out of the party at the time but i did hear that those members that went on to form Socialist Studies expressed homophobic sentiments. Not sure if this is supported or not? Maybe some can reply. 

From Socialist Studies 8 my emphasis added

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We suspect that these Clapham members would be very happy to see the S.P.G.B. and its history disappear altogether, so that they can get on with, to them, more pressing or fashionable issues, such as homosexuality, women’s liberation, moralising about the market, abolishing the State, encouraging workers to confront the armed forces of the state in the name of democracy; anything but putting a clear case for Socialism.

http://www.socialiststudies.org.uk/socstudy08.shtml

So homosexuality is a 'fashionable issue'. Notice this was not 'homosexual rights', 'queer liberation' 'pride' or even 'opposition to homophobic discrimination' but homosexuality itself.

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