Re: What Griffiths said

January 2 2011 at 10:50 AM
Noreen Branson 

Response to What Griffiths said


There are two points to be made here.

The first is that in all probability Griffiths's letter was only published in the Star because the Guardian didn't see fit to print it.

The second is that Mike Hicks is quite right to say that almost half the members of the CPB's executive were forced out after the brouhahah in 1998. What one has to remember is that the victory of the Griffiths faction increased the influence of some of the most boorish and unpleasant people in the Party. When dyed-in-the-wool Stalinists like Haylett, Wright and Murray want you out, they don't have to rely on formal expulsions to get their way. All they need to do is create an intimidating atmosphere and wait for it to exhaust the opposition into desuetude.

The fact that the Star failed to carry obituaries on Ron Bellamy and Mary Rosser tell us all we need to know about these people. They pride themselves on applying the airbrush to history, just like their hero did.

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