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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Crouching in humiliation

Back in the day (i.e. 1989-1992), student politics for me included a few run-ins with the whiny voiced Dave Crouch, who went on to become Socialist Worker's Moscow correspondent. One time he was so keen to call me a ponce he'd even photocopied the dictionary definition of the word, to wave about in the air while droning on poshly about the ballot in the 1984-5 Miners' Strike. Anyway, I'd quite forgotten the guy until various 'liberal interventionist' blogs drew one of his apoplectic rages to my attention.

Turns out Dave is in a strop after the Weekly Worker syndicated one of his contributions to the SWP's internal bulletin. Crouch thinks his preferred newspaper, Socialist Worker, contains "too many discursive or superficial comment pieces", but he doesn't want devotees of Trotskyist sectariana knowing he thinks that. Scrolling down to the section "Email exchange between Weekly Worker editor Peter Manson and Dave Crouch, November 29-30" also shows that Dave did little in his post-Sussex University years to expand his vocabulary...

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