Labour was never a working-class movement despite British Socialists being amongst its original founders. As soon as these British Socialists formed the Communist Party of Great
‘My parents’ Communist philosophy was based on an authoritarian view of the world in which people’s opinions had to be kept in line via the
James Riordan was a British sky, who as part of his cover story, joined the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) in 1959, as a
Raphael Samuel is writing as a bourgeois historian who has fully accepted and endorsed the capitalist status quo, but who maintains a ‘nostalgia’ for what he considers a lost past. Samuel seeks to draw the reader into this inverted would of bourgeois illogicality whereby what he thinks about the CPGB (and International Communism) is the only viewpoint of the world worth having.
After an open trial held in Moscow (by the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the USSR) Sergei Druzhilovsky was sentenced to be shot. Soviet sources make it very clear that the ‘Zinoniev Letter’ episode in the UK was the work of intelligence operative Major Desmond Morton, and that in the shadows behind him was the nefarious Winston Churchill.
Len Johnson had nothing but praise for Paul Robeson, particularly as Robeson had made it clear to Johnson that if he could fight so well inside the ring, he could apply his mind to fight equally well outside of it!