Re: DisinformationJanuary 24 2011 at 12:45 PM
Response to Disinformation
No, I am not. I am not a member of any political party or group. I was genuinely curious as to why Mike Hicks could assert that "nearly half of the CPB EC were forced out" after his dismissal as General Secretary, if that was untrue, as Eye Witness claims. I quoted the Weekly Worker article because it was very precise and exact in its assertion that four named EC members were suspended at the May EC, in contrast to most of its coverage of the CPB, which appears to use speculation and guess work, as a substitute for analysis.
It also seems the case that a lot of the Weekly Workers past coverage of the CPB has been fed by some leading CPB members, either at EC level, or at least people attending Congress, so it is a bit rich for CPB members to then complain about exaggerated and journalistic reporting of the CPBs internal workings and machinations.
Contrary to Eye Witness and Robert Griffiths' assertions, that either no-one or one EC member was "forced out", it does appear, that following the change in CPB leadership and direction in 1998, a number of the Hicks-Rosser group were suspended, and then they and then others left before they were formally expelled. This does sound like "forced out" to me.
Also, Noreen Branson helpfully points to the conduct and behaviour of "unpleasant and boorish" figures in the new leadership who effectively made it difficult or impossible for people to stay in the CPB.
I conclude Mike Hicks was largely right in his assertion that a significant number of the former CPB leadership were effectively forced out of CPB membership.