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Thread #89365   Message #1690781
Posted By: ifor
11-Mar-06 - 04:07 PM
Thread Name: MI5 monitored Ewan MacColl
Subject: RE: MI5 monitored Ewan MacColl
reply to Greg
Well it is true that there were many opponents of Sharpeville,Vietnam and the mistreatment of gypsies.It is also true that those who opposed Apartheid,the Vietnam war and the mistreatment of gypsies usually came from well outside the ranks of the powerful.
Years after Vietnam and Apartheid it is easy to forget that the banks,big business and mainstream political parties were only to willing to support the war and racism in South Africa.

In the UK it was usually the students,left wing parties,radical church people,South African exiles and trade unions who were the back bone of the anti apartheid movement.

But the ranks of the monied classes were usually solidly behind the apartheid regime and their investment portfolios in that country.Barclays Bank's involvement in South Africs springs to mind.

Likewise with Vietnam ,a million died in that slaughterhouse and they were mainly nameless Vietnamese.The British Communist Party for all its faults was heavily involved in all these issues.Take for example the Medical Aid for Vietnam Committee which is still at work today...set up by CP members.It is still raising funds to helpmaimed Vietnamese while the US has walked away from its legacy of agent orange and mines etc.
Ewan McColl was on the side of humanity.What a great artist,and yet a common everyman.