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By Tony Cliff

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Introduction via Paul Foot The autobiogrphy of the founding father of the Socialist staff occasion who many reflect on the only such a lot influential socialist innovative to have emerged in post-war Britain. It charts Cliff's notable improvement from an impoverished Palestine within the Thirties, the place he was once encouraged by way of the writing of Trotsky, to a disappointed Blairite Britain, the place he was once instrumental within the construction of a mass-based innovative get together up till his dying in April 2000.

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In the same prison I met Avraham Stem , of the extreme right wing Zionist terrorist group the Stern Gang, that organised some sensational attacks on British installations. Stem was later assassi­ nated by British agents. He explained the adoption of fascist symbols to me, saying that Britain needed Zionism to face the Arab world. Italian imperialism is much weaker than British and therefore it would need Zionism even more. Therefore, in the expectation that 29 A WORLD TO WIN Italy and Germany would win the war, he was orientating on wooing the fascists.

The brilliant writings of Trotsky on Germany facing the Nazi menace came into our hands only after the victory of Hitler. They were crucial in turning us into Trotskyists. In 1938 we were expelled from MPZVCMEI. T he background to the expulsion is quite interesting, throwing a light on the contra­ dictory nature of left centrist organisations. MPZVCMEI was affili­ ated to the centrist International Bureau of Revolutionary Socialist Unity. As its secretariat was located in London it was known as the London Bureau.

I must say I read its resolutions with a feeling of unease. The description of the world in those resolutions jarred with reality. This could be recog­ nised even at a glance. For example, the Trotskyists in 1946 slavishly followed Trotsky’s statement that the Stalinist regime in Russia could not, would not sur­ vive the war. ' In September 1946 I met Ernest Mandel in Paris. He was a lead­ ing member of the Fourth International and showed me an article he had written a few weeks earlier. In it he tried to demonstrate the pro­ found instability of Stalin’s regime by quoting a working class woman in a mass meeting telling Kalinin, president of the U SSR , ‘You have boots.

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