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Posted By: Gareth
22-Sep-02 - 04:29 PM
Thread Name: Ewan MacColl and Stalin
Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl and Stalin
Barbara - It is a joke in political circles in the UK that the test of a dedicated hard line Communist was one who joined the party after 1953 (Death of Joe) and 1956 (Hungary)

The old CPGB (Communist Party of Great Brittain) some what disintergrated post Gorbachov, and there are various factions claiming to be the true believers.

They occasionally put forward candidates at Parliamentry or Council level - but the days when parts of Glascow, London's East End and Maerdy in the Rhondda, had GPGB Councillors have now gone.

If you want I can dig out thier voting totals over the last few General Elections, but as a volunteer organiser for another UK Party thier vote is so insignificant I don't keep the figures easilly to hand on my computer.