Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ted Grant: 1913-2006

When I first got involved in socialist politics in the early 1980s, Ted Grant's Militant Tendency were the largest grouping on the British far left.

As a member of the Labour Party Young Socialists, I even flogged the paper a few times outside Whitechapel tube station. If I am entirely honest, the major reason I didn't sign up to the Millies was their prohibition on members smoking dope. Let's just say that, in those days, that was an issue for me.

So I picked the IMG instead, figuring that the politics were more or less the same, but I'd still be able to get stoned. Oh, and - although I now blush to admit that this should even have been a consideration - they had some pretty decent totty in the East London branch. Er ... that last bit should read 'commited young women class fighters', obviously. Hey, forgive me. I was only 20.

But I digress. Ted Grant has of course recently died, and I was genuinely saddened to read of his passing. Comrades may be interested to watch this short clip of his last speech to a gathering of the international tendency he built.


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