Andy Foster wrote:
I knew about Charter 88, Andy, and I never felt particularly passionate about what they had to say. But surely there's nothing wrong with discussion about constitutional matters? I don't really get your apparent animosity. All part of a healthy liberal/ left tradition, I would have thought.
The Marxist/ ex Marxist thing sounds like a bit of an irrelevance really. There's plenty of people around who were/ are influenced by Marx, and are engaged in political action or discussion of one kind of another. Don't see what makes them 'the worst' of anything really.
I've always found the factionalism on the left one of its least atractive features, and on the left though I undoubtedly am, it's been one of the main reasons that I've never been particularly politically active.
By an extraordinary coincidence - I couldn't have planned this - BBC News has this article on just the topic. Does this explain the connection, wondering (and others)?http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18351323
Indeed it's more than I thought. I didn't know the profits from King Street funded the pro AV campaign and keep C88 alive. This is exactly it. Republicanism isn't mentioned but it's an ingredient of the brew.
Oh, thank you, Andy. That's made my morning! I know, I'm sad! I especially liked the line:
In November 1991, shortly before the CPGB was wound up, its members were shocked by revelations that between 1956 and the late 1970s, it had been secretly funded by the Soviet Union.
It's Captain Renault in Casablanca - "I'm shocked, shocked to find that there is gambling in this establishment." At which point, he's handed his winnings from the tables.
Mind you, the story of the such organisations justifies wonderings comment about factionalism on the left. I remember at university not just the CPGB, but the CPGB-Marxist Leninist (CPGB-ML), the Revolutionary Communist Party, as well as our old friends the Socialist Workers. More often at each others doctrinal throats than attacking anyone else. Oh, hell, I'm getting nostalgic now - I'll stop whilst I'm ahead!