Clause 4 -- the Fergus Connection

December 5 2005 at 9:53 PM
Kim Philby 

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The Clause 4 members I knew in the 1970s made no bones about it -- they all knew that Nicholson had set it up. Whether every member of Clause 4 knew about Fergus' role is another matter. At the time the Militant Tendency openly refered to them as a CP entryist group though it is unclear to what extent King Street actually approved of C4's antics (though they certainly turned a blind eye).

Clause 4's origins and aims are cloaked in secrecy like everything Straight Left does and it continues to this day. It was amusing to note the C4's webmaster's comment "As in times past, privacy will be rigourously respected". He hardly needed to mention that!

After defeating Militant in the NUS C4 tried to prolong its existence through the trade union movement without any great success. And all it ultimately achieved in the student movement was the elevation of worthless CP apparatchiks like Sue Slipman and David Aaronovitch who both became turn-coats.

The most prominent member of Clause 4 that I can recall is Fraser Kemp, now a Blairite MP in one of the Newcastle seats.


H A R Philby

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