Former member Robert Barltrop features in new BBC One programme, 2030 23 Feb.

June 2021 Forums Events and announcements Former member Robert Barltrop features in new BBC One programme, 2030 23 Feb.

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    hallblithe
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    imposs1904
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    Nice spot.

    My guess is that his contributions will be based on the trilogy of short books that Barltrop wrote which were published by (I think) Waltham Forest Libraries back in the 80s.

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    Mike Foster
    Participant

    Sounds interesting! I’ll tune in and probably write about the programme for the next Proper Gander piece.

    #214104
    ALB
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    Don’t expect him to say anything much socialist as he was one of the few party members who joined up to fight in that imperialist war. As he joined the RAF he was a volunteer not a conscript.

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    rodshaw
    Participant

    He also featured on TV in the 80s or 90s, in a programme about the English language. I think he was talking about London dialects. He was also quoted in the book the TV programme was based on.

    #214642
    imposs1904
    Participant

    ALB wrote:
    “Don’t expect him to say anything much socialist as he was one of the few party members who joined up to fight in that imperialist war. As he joined the RAF he was a volunteer not a conscript.”

    I was always under the impression that he joined the SPGB after the war, so it wasn’t a case of him resigning from the SPGB to enlist.

    However, it should be stated that he was already aware of the SPGB as a kid, so it’s not like he didn’t know the Party’s position on war before enlisting.

    For more background on Barltrop first coming into contact with the SPGB, see this excerpt from The Monument:

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2015/02/hard-times.html

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    ALB
    Keymaster

    There is some discussion on this here on Spopen, our forum for members of our parties in different countries.

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