Yesterday, I wrote about Josef Stalin and the gloss put on his (almost) thirty years of iron rule in the former USSR.
It appears he has at least one outspoken British supporter, a Labour candidate for Chippenham in 2015 — Andy Newman.
In October 2013, the Daily Mail alerted us to Newman’s unabashed views of Uncle Joe, whom he refers to as ‘the Stalin’.
As the paper says, in principle, Newman looks like a good selection for this upmarket area, as he is private school- and Oxford-educated.
However, what follows are extracts from articles Newman — a telecoms engineer and local GMB branch secretary — has written for left-wing publications in Britain, Socialist Unity being one of them:
We should recognise how Stalin was the creature of his times; and not alone in culpability.
What is more, the character of Stalin, who almost through a feat of sheer will industrialised and militarised the USSR to defend itself against the Nazi threat, was also the character that ruthlessly regarded people as expendable. It did give Stalin the attributes needed to be a great war leader.
Free market capitalism had seen worldwide depression in the 1930s and had led to fascism and war.
Meanwhile the USSR’s economy had achieved staggering success in the same period, including a significant improvement in working class living standards, despite the Stalin’s terror.
He has also opined on the Berlin Wall:
If we set to one side the issue of personal liberty, the [Berlin] wall was a great success.
and the United Kingdom:
bloodstains of the British Empire soaked equally into the souls of the English, Welsh and Scots.
A Labour Party spokesman told the Mail:
This is a desperate smear attempt by the Tories. Labour are concentrating on addressing the cost-of-living crisis.
What a typically left-wing response, straight out of the pages of Young Stalin.
Meanwhile, rEd was busy downplaying what he’d said in September about Labour’s ‘lurch to the left’.