Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When Kate Hoey was a Trotskyist

This seems a good day to explore Kate Hoey's long-lost Trotskyist past.

Brian Deer wrote in 1993:
Although she admits the details only under protest, before she joined the Labour Party in 1972, she had been a member of a Trotskyite outfit called the Spartacus League - at the time perhaps the most loony of British extremists. 
The league followed the Russian revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg in expecting a spontaneous workers revolt, and was so notoriously penetrated by MI5, people joked that if security service agents raised their hands en bloc they could win every vote at meetings.


The Singing Organ-Grinder said...

No change there: Trotsky wouldn't have been a big fan of Juncker Inc. & TTIP either, and neither was he averse to first class travel.

Richard Gadsden said...

Rosa Luxemburg was German, not Russian.

Jonathan Calder said...

Oh dear, Deer!

Phil Beesley said...

I think we need some help from a historian of the UK far left. The Spartacus League of Germany was wound up in 1918 and wasn't Trotskyite. The Spartacist League/Britain was "founded" in 1978 from a merger of older Trotskyite groups.

Anonymous said...

It's all here :

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