Archive for December, 2007

Dead Socialist Watch, #302

December 31st, 2007

Philip Whitehead, Labour politician; born 30 May 1937; died 31 December 2005. Older Stoa discussion here.

DSW, #181

December 31st, 2007

Karl Renner, Austrian socialist politician; born 14 December 1870, died 31 December 1950.

Dead Socialist Watch, #301

December 27th, 2007

Jim Figgins, railway signalmen and trade unionist, who travelled slowly from the communist-influenced left (the Railwaymen’s Minority Movement and the Railway Vigilance Movement) to leadership positions (executive, 1931-4, an organiser from 1938, assistant to the general secretary in 1943, elected general secretary in 1948, retiring in 1953). Richard Crossman thought he reminded him of “a retired Anglo-Indian country gentleman farmer” [David Howell, in the ODNB]. Born Largs, Ayrshire, 8 March 1893, died at Cuddington, Surrey, 27 December 1956.

DSW, #245

December 27th, 2007

Ada Nield Chew, trade unionist, ILPer and suffragist, who became paid organiser for the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in 1912. After the war, she ran a successful mail-order wholesale drapery line. Born Audley, Staffordshire, 28 January 1870, died Burnley, Lancashire, 27 December 1945.

“I Play The Man I Am”

December 27th, 2007

Michael White, in tehgraun:

[Gordon] Brown is a Shakespearian tragedy in the making, says one MP: Othello’s jealousy, Hamlet’s indecision, the futile rage of Lear and Brutus’s weakness for bad advice. “But at least we’ve got rid of the Macbeths.”

DSW, #180

December 24th, 2007

Louis Aragon, poet, novelist, surrealist, socialist; born 3 October 1897, died 24 December 1982.

Beavers to Return to Scotland?

December 24th, 2007

Over here.

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