The US film-maker Oliver Stone has produced a ‘true’ history of the United States (that can be viewed on YouTube), within which he traces how the US government after 1945, sought to ‘fabricate’ a false image of the Soviet Union, and paint it as ‘evil’ and akin to ‘Nazi Germany’. He does this through accessing political biographies, newspaper articles, government statements and de-classified political documents, and explains how there was a deliberate decision to denigrate the reputation of the USSR, and to spread this idea as US foreign policy doctrine throughout Europe. In the late 1940’s, the British Labour Party considered establishing a ‘United Socialist States of Europe’, but were warned-off by the US – which threatened to withdraw all its military from Europe, and call-in all the debts the various European countries owed the US (the result of loans during and after WWII). The US then cemented this contrived European move to the right by establishing the ‘North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’ (NATO), which although pretending to be a ‘self-defence’ military organisation, was in fact a highly aggressive vehicle for US imperialistic policies – moving US military forces up to the very geographical boundaries of the Eastern European Communist States. Although it is true that the UK, USA, Germany and many other countries had unsuccessfully invaded Revolutionary Russia in 1918 (with the intention of crushing Socialism), and that the UK government had arrested and tried the Leaders of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) in 1926, for ‘seditious conspiracy’ (with each of the 12 concerned receiving various lengths of prison sentences) the Russian Revolution – and the founding of the Soviet Union – was generally respected, with a number of statues being raised to VI Lenin throughout the UK. The statue photographed above (and guarded by a British police constable) is recorded in Russian language sources as:
‘Бюст Ленина в музее лондонского района Ислингтон. Ранее он стоял на Холфорд-сквер, но после начала холодной войны его убрали в хранилище.’
This translates as:
‘This Bust of Lenin is now on display in the Museum situated in the London district of Islington. Previously, he was is standing on Holford Square (kings Cross), but after the start of the Cold War, he was for a time, removed into storsge.’
This demonstrates the ‘purge’ of Lenin statues from prominent view in the UK, but I am aware of one or two that were never touched – and why should they be? VI Lenin freed the Working Class from the tyranny of capitalism – and our children in the UK should be taught this at school.
Alex Gordon adds this explanatory note (via the Communist Party of Britain’s Derby Branch) on Facebook concerning the location of this photograph and the history of this Lenin bust:
‘This photograph is taken of the bust of Lenin that was placed in Holford Square in Kings Cross, London. The bust is now on display half a mile away in Islington Museum on St John Street, Islington. The original bust was placed outside the modernist housing development ‘Lenin House’, designed by Soviet (Georgian) architect Berthold Lubetkin. He named the housing after Lenin because it is opposite the site where Lenin and Krupskaya lived when they were in London in 1907. The bust of Lenin was vandalised by British fascists throwing black paint on it when it was first erected. Eventually it was moved to safe keeping in the Town Hall and today in the museum. After the Second World War the housing block was renamed ‘Bevin House’ after the right wing, cold war Labour Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin.’