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Communist Party of Great Britain

A Broken Reid

After twenty-five years Mr. Jimmy Reid, the doyen of Left Clydeside, has left the Communist Party where he was an Executive Committee member. His reasons for leaving the Party are obscure, as this institution of meddle and muddle has not altered either in its reformist leadership case, or in its slavish acquiescence to the foreign policy of the Soviet Union. (How could it, when the Morning Star, the Party organ, depends on Russian finance? Russia, and the Iron Curtain countries take nearly 14,000 copies of the Morning Star out of the daily number sold of 41,000 copies: Sunday Telegraph, 15th February 1976). According to the Sunday Telegraph, this amounts to a subsidy of 250,000 a year out of a total of 500,000 a year which is required to keep the paper alive.

Book Review: 'Children of the Revolution: Communist Childhood in Cold War Britain'

"Communist Kids"

'Children of the Revolution: Communist Childhood in Cold War Britain' by Phil Cohen, Lawrence & Wishart. £12.99.

To begin with I was quite excited at the prospect of reading this book. In a sense I would be returning to my childhood, to a life shared with a Communist Party father, and then later on to a schism in that relationship during the 1956 Hungarian uprising and the revelations about Stalin, and to my subsequent resignation from the Communist Party at the age of twenty-two.

British Communism

'British Communism'
Speaker: Keith Scholey

Venue: Head Office

"In this talk Keith will outline the history of the Communist Party of Great Britain, its origins (ultimately in the Social Democratic Federation, our 'Daddy') and its development until its timely demise in 1991. Included will be a brief survey of British anti-revisionism ('Maoism') and other groups closely allied to the Communist Party."

Recorded: 
Sunday, 30 June 2013

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Eric Hobsbawm: Historian and Leninist

The death of Eric Hobsbawm on 1 October marked the end of a generation of left-wing historians who, while advancing historical materialism, rejected Marxian politics by embracing Leninism.

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