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May 25, 2006



Trade, invention, liberty, sound money and small government: do you think we'll ever see a party that stands for those? We get the smirks of Clinton or W, the inane grins of Blair, and constriction, constraint, interference, prohibition, oppression, and on and on and on. Plus wars. Hang the lot of them.

Matt M

Okay, I'm going to expose my ignorance here: Tankies?

Igor Belanov

'Tankies' is a disparaging phrase used to refer to those on the left who supported the Russian invasion which crushed the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. As a result it came to be associated with the Communist Party and those who continued to support it afterwards, though in other countries, notably Italy, Socialist parties also had groups of 'Tankies'. Obviously Aaronovitch, Reid and Mandelson are ex-members of the CPGB.

Matt M


Backword Dave

Tanks for dat, Igor. ;-)

Phil at work

I agree with all of this except the suggestion that it's in some sense surprising. But now I'm just playing "I was an anti-managerialist before you were", so never mind.

1956 was the biggest split in Western Communist ranks, but it wasn't the last time true believers earned the 'tankie' label. According to someone who knew him at the time, Charlie "Living on thin air" Leadbeater actually joined the CP *after the suppression of Solidarnosc*. (Come to think of it, when was it Aaro left the party?)

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I feel like a fog, not that it matters. I've pretty much been doing nothing , but eh. Today was a loss. I haven't gotten much done for a while.


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