The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878 Message #4032269
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
04-Feb-20 - 05:30 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
I am interested in the idea that Harker describes Sharp as being hard right. From memory he quotes Sharp describing himself as a 'conservative socialist'. He says Sharp only joined the Labour party after being nagged into this. He had resigned from the Fabians because they supported the Labour Party. What Harker actually says is that Sharp drifted ideologically and that this was towards a position that we would now call hard right. He complained about the American Musicians Union. He was hostile to the Russian Revolution. There are disputes about his attitude to Suffragism, but he disliked the Oxbridge Women's Colleges because he didn't like the sort of women he produced. Harsh comments, perhaps, but not quite a black and white assertion that Sharp was hard right.
But I do agree with Brian that the language Harker uses about Sharp is sometimes not likeable.