Re: correctionFebruary 3 2011 at 9:28 AM
Response to correction
I set out the arguments in my previous posts. The "facts" were based on Eye Witness' own head count of who in the 1997 EC subsequently left the CPB! Eye Witness previously claimed in contrast to Mike Hicks that only one 1997 EC member was forced out of CPB membership! Robert Griffiths said in the Morning Star that "no-one" was forced out of CPB membership!
Eye Witness him/herself shows that 9 of the 1997 EC left CPB membership! Plus other leading founders of the CPB, including Tony Chater, Ron and Joan Bellamy.
All as a direct consequence of the new leadership around Robert Griffiths coming to power during 1998.
Eye Witness has not denied the "facts" in the Weekly Worker report that four named EC members were suspended from membership in May 1998. It is hardly surprising that they and others chose to walk before being formally thrown out, or subsequently hounded out of membership.
Hicks probably overstated the "facts" in saying "nearly half" of the EC were "forced out". But it seems clear nearly a third were, plus a number of other former leading members of the EC.
It seems fairly evident whose statements are closer to the truth - Mike Hicks, or Eye Witness and Griffiths.