By Tony Cliff
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Introduction by way of Paul Foot The autobiogrphy of the founding father of the Socialist employees get together who many contemplate the one so much influential socialist progressive to have emerged in post-war Britain. It charts Cliff's amazing improvement from an impoverished Palestine within the Nineteen Thirties, the place he used to be motivated by means of the writing of Trotsky, to a upset 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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1 did not see the other side of the coin: the con tradictory nature of the Popular Front. It raised the expectations of millions of workers and led to mass actions and a big turn to the left. In May 1936, for example, the Popular Front won the general elec tion in France. Workers said to themselves, ‘We have the govern ment, now let’s take over the factories,’ and a mass occupation of the factories took place. Backwardness and isolation do not guarantee you against errors, but they do spur you towards independent thought and action.
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.
W hen it came to the distribution of leaflets we had to be very in novative. One could not stand in the street and distribute leaflets. I invented a couple of mechanisms for accomplishing this. I had to find a tall building, let us say of two or three storeys, by the town’s main road. I would then climb up to the roof and tie a string to the leaflets. The string would go through a candle, and its end would then be tied to something on the roof. The candle was inside a tin to protect it from the wind.
A World to Win by Tony Cliff