One of the people quoted in this Birmingham Sunday Mercury report about the sad story of a man who set fire to himself outside a Job Centre is Stalingrad O’Neill of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), who said of the burns victim: “Presumably he was in a bad state to do this.”
No wonder the CPGB(M-L) has such a reputation for intellectual stringency.
O’Neill, a photographer, has quite a life story. He describes himself as “a gifted draftsman who spent his youth drifting through the twilight of Birmingham’s slums mixing with its labourers, artisans, drug-users, prostitutes, rent-boys, criminals and musicians”. He “studied politics under the revolutionary Urdu poet and community leader Jogman Joshi”.
The CPGB(M-L) is also quite a remarkable organisation. Its organ, Proletarian Online, is currently campaigning under the slogan, “Hands of Syria! Victory to Assad!”
Thanks to David Hayes, who spotted the Sunday Mercury story.Tagged in: marxism
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