Archive for December, 2007
Karl Renner, Austrian socialist politician; born 14 December 1870, died 31 December 1950.
Jim Figgins, railway signalmen and trade unionist, who travelled slowly from the communist-influenced left (the Railwaymenâ€™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 â€œa retired Anglo-Indian country gentleman farmerâ€ [David Howell, in the ODNB]. Born Largs, Ayrshire, 8 March 1893, died at Cuddington, Surrey, 27 December 1956.
Ada Nield Chew, trade unionist, ILPer and suffragist, who became paid organiser for the National Union of Womenâ€™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.
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.”
Louis Aragon, poet, novelist, surrealist, socialist; born 3 October 1897, died 24 December 1982.