Edited by Andy Croft
Twenty years after the demise of the Communist Party of Great Britain, eight former members, all of whom who stayed in the party until the bitter end, reflect here on some of the personal, political and cultural changes of the last twenty years. The paths of Dave Cope, Andy Croft, Alistair Findlay, Stuart Hill, Kate Hudson, Andy Pearmain, Mark Perryman and Lorna Reith have followed very different political trajectories since 1991 – taking them into the Green Party, the Labour Party, the CPB, SLP, Respect and no party at all. But most have remained politically active.
Combining personal and political history, analysis and autobiography, anecdote and argument, the contributors consider the consequences of the CP’s dissolution for British political and intellectual life.
Andy Croft Introduction
Mark Perryman The Revolution is Just a T-shirt Away
Kate Hudson A Political Error of Vast Proportions
Andrew Pearmain Towards a Marxist Theory of Love
Alistair Findlay No Future without Marx
Lorna Reith We Will Rebuild our Country Ten Times More Beautiful
Stuart Hill The Situation is Still as it Was
Dave Cope The Party is Dead – Long Live the Party!
Andy Croft The Democratisation of Everything
Andy Croft is a poet and publisher, and author of Red Letter Days (1990), Red Skies at Night (2003), and Comrade Heart (2003).