What is Mike Hicks smoking?

November 21 2010 at 10:14 PM
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Response to Good bye, badly


Mike Hicks writes in Tribune that 'Nearly half the EC, including Mary [Rosser], were forced out of the party in 1999 by sectarian and other elements'.

No disciplinary action was taken against Mike Hicks or Mary Rosser by the CPB. Nor was any being planned. Hicks had been voted out of the General Secretary's position (by 17 votes to 13, if memory serves) in January 1998. He was offered the Chair and a seat on the Political Committee, but refused them before stamping out of the Executive meeting in a fit of pique.

In retaliation, Mary Rosser engineered the sacking of John Haylett as editor of the Morning Star. After the journalists went on strike and Haylett was reinstated following a tribunal of inquiry, the Rosser-Hicks faction suffered a massive defeat at the PPPS AGM meetings, which drew big turnouts of Morning Star shareholders.

The only members of the Rosser-Hicks faction to be expelled from the CPB were George Wake, not a member of the CPB Executive, for writing a scurrilous letter to trade union leaders attacking the CPB leadership, and then Pete Ritman (also not an Executive member) for using a CPB membership list to circulate a factional journal attacking the CPB leadership.

No member of the CPB Executive was expelled at any time. Nobody was 'forced out of the party' except Wake and Ritman. If Hicks can name one ('nearly half the EC'!!!) I'll apologise for calling him a shoddy liar.

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