Monday, May 8, 2017

Debate at Caledonian Rd. Baths (1912)

Party News from the April 1912 issue of the Socialist Standard

Most successful was the debate organised by our Islington comrades between Mr. A E. Moise, of the North London Christian Evidence League, and F. Vickers, as champion of the S.P.G.B.

The hall was crowded to its utmost capacity, so that the doors had at length to be shut. Fully 1,000 were present. The collection realised £4 7s. 0d. and the sale of literature 13s. 6d.

Mr. Moise made the best of a bad case, but Comrade Vickers simply wiped his every contention away.
Sidney Hammond, Sec. Islington Branch.

1 comment:

imposs1904 said...

Vickers is mentioned in this Socialist Standard from the mid-70s:

http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/08/why-i-joined-spgb.html

It turns out he was one of the few SPGBers who decamped to the CPGB after the Bolshevik Revolution.

With regards to the debate itself:
"On 12 March 1912 F. Vickers of the SPGB debated against A.E. Moise of the Christian Evidence League on the motion "That the policy of the SPGB is superior to the Christian religion as a remedy for social evils."