(29) 'National Association of Labour Teachers', memorandum of the CPGB
Teachers' Bureau, 18 January 1942, Capper papers, box 2.
Thompson's sentimental loyalty to Communism - and hence blindness - was shared by other members of the New Reasoner group, who had also mainly been members of the CPGB
. John Saville, for example, denounced the Orwellian perspective of Valentine Cunningham's lengthy introduction to The Penguin Book of Spanish Civil War Verse as an '"old-fashioned" Cold War approach', implausibly asserting that 'the immense scholarly work on Spain and the Civil War in the past quarter of a century has now taken our analysis and our understanding far beyond Orwell's interpretation, and it is inadequate and inaccurate to structure the discussion of the history of the civil war years in the terms in which they were discussed before 1950'.
(15) Besides writing, it is apparent that Jefferies was enthusiastically involved in a further range of radical associations, with documents recording him as being an active member of the West London branch of Friends of the Soviet Union, and an organiser in the National Unemployed Workers' Union, having probably become a member of the CPGB
in June 1932.
(45.) Reuben Falber, the former assistant general secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB
) explained these details in a CPGB
journal just before the party dissolved.
In practice, of course, neither the Trotskyists nor the Gramsci-reading Eurocommunists of the CPGB
got their way.
(87) To a large degree, this mirrored the CPGB
's geographic areas of support: namely, east London, lowland Scotland, Lancashire, and South Wales.
An enemy of the CPGB
since the General Strike he was no less a tough socialist.
lined up in the street in front of the CPGB
's office on King Street
The ousting of the Hyndmanites at the 1916 Easter conference cemented the BSP's position on the anti-war left and inadvertently set the cornerstone of the CPGB
(52) This sense of "the people" was associated with voluntary association from below, not with the top-down populism characteristic of the CPGB
'S Popular Front.
McNulty persuasively argues that there was a common core of radicalism growing out of the nineteenth century, which spanned the Independent Labour Party (ILP), through the Fabians to the Liberal Party--and that some members of the CPGB
(notably Ivor Montagu) shared these values before Stalinism eclipsed this more pluralistic domestic political culture in the mid-1950s.
He co-edited with John Saville the Reasoner, a mimeographed journal of dissent within the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB
), which became the New Reasoner after he and Saville left the party rather than obey a directive to suspend publication; and he was a local organizer of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which mobilized hundreds of thousands of people in Great Britain to call for an end to both nuclear testing and nuclear weapons.