Dead Socialist Update

Further to the discussion of Phillip Whitehead, below, sources tell me that it’s a little odd for Roy Hatterseley to write in his obituary in tehgrauniad that “Politics came comparatively late into Whitehead’s life. At Oxford, he played no part in the Labour Club.” The last part may be true, but that would seem to be because Whitehead was prominent in the Conservative Association at the time, serving as President around 1958 or so. He’s remembered by people who were there at the time for a sharp attack on Harold Macmillan and Alan Lennox-Boyd, one time they were visiting the Oxford Union, over the indefinite detention-without-trial of Dr Hastings Banda, after the Government’s rejection of the judicial findings of the Devlin Commssion, which had reported that Nyasaland was a police state.

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