The 50 Years Ago column from the May 1993 issue of the Socialist Standard
Another illustration of Communist malice and irresponsibility is afforded by a letter received by our West Ham Branch from the West Ham Branch of the Communist Party. It arose out of a challenge to debate.
Here is the letter, a typical piece of Communist scurrility:—
The Communist Party has NO dealings with murderers, liars, renegades, or assassins.
The S. P. G. B., which associates itself with followers of Trotsky, the friend of Hess, has always followed a policy which would mean disaster for the British working class. They have consistently poured vile slanders on Joseph Stalin and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, told filthy lies about the Red Army, the Soviet people and its leaders, gloated over the assassination of Kirov and other Soviet leaders, applauded the wrecking activities of Trotskyist saboteurs in the Soviet Union. They have worked to split the British working class, and are in short agents of Fascism in Great Britain.
The C. P. G. B. refuses with disgust to deal with such renegades. We treat them as vipers, to be destroyed.
C. P. G. B West Ham Branch, J Barker, Secretary.
Needless to say. none of the charges in the letter are true or have even a semblance of basis in fact.
From a statement by the Executive Committee, Socialist Standard, May 1943.