Resolved Question: What actors/actresses in
What actors/actresses in Foyle's War are also in Downton Abbey? Are there any?
Posted on 21 September 2013 | 1:23 pm
Resolved Question: Who were some famous
I don't know where to find it on Google.
Posted on 22 October 2012 | 6:46 pm
Resolved Question: Can anyone tell me the
There are two names that I'm curious to know the meaning of.
One is Aminta and the other is Corinta. They have Spanish origins (I'm guessing).
*It's Corinta, not cortina*
Posted on 21 February 2012 | 12:49 pm
Resolved Question: During the Falklands war,
Surely, as socialists, they should have been for the local population's right to self-determination, whatever the form of favoured constitutional status that involved? Or, at least, have argued for independence after liberation from a foreign, fascist military occupation?
And what about the more complicated issue of international workers' solidarity against two belligerent fascist regimes?
I remember they lost a huge swathe of membership and support on this issue, and could never understand the peculiar rationale.
Any offers - particularly from ex-members? Maia, you do realise, don't you, that the WRP was a British party that bizarrely supported the Argentinian occupation?
If you really don't know, it's usually a good idea to read up on the issue before answering.
And, for what it's worth, yes, I support the Palestinian cause, as do a majority of British people. Come on, Hank, the Workers' Press, sold mostly by subscription, had a circulation of over 50,000 just prior to the Falklands war, and most of the WRP members I knew, as a trade union elected officer and trades council member at the time, were working class trade unionists - people like teachers and social workers tended to be in the softer Socialist Worker Party.
It's quite true that the WRP faithful included poseurs from the Lovey Tendency, and that at least some of them were there for the publicity, but it would be a mistake, from what I saw, to regard them as representative. Hank, thank you for jogging the memory. Must be the ageing process. By 1982 the former Workers' Press was indeed the Newsline.
However, unless you have evidence to the contrary, your view of its circulation is probably no more strongly founded than mine - although I do remember one Guardian journalist happily waving this circulation figure under the nose of Tory politicians who claimed that the actual strength of the opposition to Thatcherism was minimal.
As to the stories that circulated about Healey the Blagdon Amateur Rapist etc, we have to remember the sheer vitriol that characterised internecine feuds between Trotskyist groupings - and indeed between the old CP and the Trotskyists - at the time. A lot of what was claimed makes the madder passages of the Old Testament look like information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act!
None of which is actually relevant to the bizarre decision to support the fascists - which they did, calling the war the Malvinas war to YA has done it again! Should have read 'calling the war the Malvinas war to boot!' Final thought for Hank, on membership numbers - at the time of the Falklands war, there was a branch of the WRP in the university town where I then worked. I saw some of them on a regular basis as part of my trade union work, and afterwards as part of the wide TU support campaign for the miners. I think there may have been about 20 or so members, plus their youth wing.
Which suggests to me that your estimate of their membership may be both quite wildly out and dare I say, a tad partisan?
Posted on 27 December 2011 | 2:42 pm
Resolved Question: Looking for a movie I saw
This guy got a needle stuck in the tearduct of his eye. In the hopes of opening up something in his brain like another dimension. He also did this weird touch his fingers to his thumb backwards and forwards really fast.
Posted on 13 April 2011 | 7:59 am