What's the Spartacist League up to these days?

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Idris2002, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    They were right about Khomeini, to give them their due. Not bad for a group that were like something out of the 1930s, and not in a good way.
     
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  2. copliker

    copliker ...

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  3. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

  4. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

  5. copliker

    copliker ...

    I don;t know. Where else would you find copies of Young Fine Gael's bafflingly titled newsletter "The Informer"
     
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  6. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

  7. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    "the reactionary state-enforced stigma against intergenerational sex" who could argue with that?

    "There's Nothing Wrong With A Little Bump and Grind: Defend R Kelly!" must be their classic
     
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  8. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Oh my :eek:

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  9. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    Socialist Fight ( who take some beating on the loony tunes front) had a similar position on the Goddard case. In fact after a speed read of Socilaist Fight they are worth a closer look, Barking.
     
  10. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    Blimey. That takes me back. I wasn't at NLP, but came along a couple of times with my uni crowd. It got quite lively one day when the bailiffs came in iirc.

    That same day, I was called over by some comrades to check out a bunch of likely looking guys lurking nearby - people couldn't decide whether they were NF or Red Action, and I was the only one there who knew the Red Action guys. It was Red Action. They left us students to it when it became clear that the NF were a no show.
     
  11. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree Unintended gear-stick action

    I remember them in Leeds in the mid 70s. In the left's alphabet soup of the time they stood out by having a name that wasn't initials.
     
  12. Grump

    Grump Well-Known Member

    When I was member of the SWP (shudder) I went to a community centre to book it for a meeting. I got chatting to the lovely, white haired old lady who was the caretaker, looking like the sort of person who plays the sweet old granny in an ad. She then announced she was a member of the New Communist Party and told me quite fiercely that Stalin was misunderstood and following his principles had guided her life. Despite being about 80 I think she was one of the NCPs youngest members which is why they folded shortly afterwards.
     
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  13. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    I went in holiday with them. They ran cheap coach tours to Eastern Europe and Italy. Fine times were had, until the tour leader announced the discussion night on why the invasion of Afghanistan was a revolutionary act.
     
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  14. Grump

    Grump Well-Known Member

    Was that 'Yorkshire Tours'? I went with them on a coach/ train trip to Moscow. It was run by a couple from Huddersfield who used their links to East European states to book cheap travel.
     
  15. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    I used to listen to Radio Moscow on shortwave, and I remember their broadcast the night the Red Army left Afghanistan - they focussed on the women's militias that were (apparently) forming up in Kabul.
     
  16. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    I didn’t think it was called Yorkshire Tours, but could well have been. Huddersfield definitely sounds right.

    (Progress Tours springs to mind)
     
  17. RD2003

    RD2003 Well-Known Member

    Seem to remember that it was Progressive Tours, but may have also gone under the name of Yorkshire Tours for some reason. Although I could be wrong.

    I tried to get on one of their trips to the USSR around 1990-ish, as they were incredibly cheap, but they'd gone bust. I think that when the old couple either died or got too old some of their kids tried to keep it going for a short while.
     
  18. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    I knew a bloke who went to Albania with them. The company's advice was no beards allowed and bring a table tennis ball as there were no sink plugs. I think visiting a carpet factory was one of the excursions.
     
  19. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    One of my supervisors went on a tour of Albania - the highlight of her tour was a visit to a collective farm milking station where the cows were played Scarlatti, to increase milk yields.
     
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  20. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Progressive! That's the buggers
     
  21. Grump

    Grump Well-Known Member

    A friend did a very similar tour except he got an excursion to a cement factory.
     
  22. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    For those of us of a certain age.....



    what were the Albanian's known as? We had one at LSE. Can't for the life of me remember.
     
  23. copliker

    copliker ...

    In 2009, the Guardian recommended going to Syria to look at carpets.

    guardian syria carpet paradise.jpg
     
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  24. Nigel

    Nigel For A Degenerates' Workers State

    New Communist Party is still going !
    It does, as far as I am aware have 'younger' members; an old associate who now works for CWU is a supporter, he must be in his early 50yrs now !
    www.newworker.org | The New Communist Party of Britain | 13th April 2016
     
  25. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    They also did a fantastic article on how good the shopping malls were in Qatar
     
  26. Grump

    Grump Well-Known Member

    Well I never, I was convinced they had gone the way of Moskvich and Wartburg cars.
     
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  27. charlie mowbray

    charlie mowbray The Enforcer

    No such luck
     
  28. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    Isn't Socialist Fight just one aged loon, though?
     
  29. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Speaking of “one loon” parties...this thread has confused me so far (as far as I can be bothered to read it) because...when I was a student, circa 1984-1985, I had a lot of friends at PNL and in the anti-fascist campaign centred around Patrick Harrington. On all the demos down Holloway Road there was always, always, one nutty man with a HUGE Spartacist League banner. Does this ring bells with anyone? Anyone know who he was? I always assumed Spartacist League were this one nutty guy. IIRC he also might have connected himself, via another banner (or maybe the same one) with ASLEF.

    Anyone an expert on Spartacist history?
     
  30. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming


    And, woo fuck, having now read the thread I’ve come across this. I swear there was only one not five but you’re right about the LT thing.

    Out of interest, feel free to PM me, or not, with who you are. My long term partner now was either VP Kentish Town or Women’s Officer back then if you remember. My best mate was Fuse editor, then VP Ladbroke House.
     
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