What was Straight Left? An introduction by Lawrence Parker

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28/10/2015 by socialistfight

Mandatory reading to understand the political background of Jeremy Corbyn’s new right hand man Seamus Milne. His origins are in Straight Left and uncritical support for Joe Stalin and the 1951 version of the British Road to Socialism, overseen by Uncle Joe himself.

Hatful of History

Last week it was announced that Guardian journalist Seamus Milne was to become Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s new Director of Communications. A number of media reports remarked that Milne was once attached to the Communist Party factional journal Straight Left. However few, particularly in the mainstream media, know much about the Straight Left faction or its role in the final years of the Communist Party of Great Britain. I asked Lawrence Parker, an expert on the hardline oppositional and anti-revisionist groups that emerged from the CPGB, to write a little introduction to those unfamiliar with the history of the Straight Left faction.

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Origins

Straight Left’s origins lie in the left pro-Soviet oppositions that emerged in the Communist Party of Great Britain in the 1960s. In this period, a definite ‘party within a party’ emerged, with figures such as Sid French, district secretary of Surrey CPGB, becoming key leaders…

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