Taaffe on Cuba

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Tue Sep 4 10:10:44 MDT 2001


> Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 18:38:23 +1200
> From: Philip Ferguson <plf13 at it.canterbury.ac.nz>
> Subject: Re: Taaffe on Cuba
>
> Jose wrote:
>
>>
>> One gets the impression that the author a) Has never been to Cuba and b)
>> Has never read first-hand any of the Cubans own materials on their own
>> history and c) does not follow and has not bothered to review the Cuban
>> periodical press. Which raises the obvious question: what makes him think he
>> is qualified to write a book about Cuba at all?
>
>
> You have to admit, though, that Taaffe has impressive credentials as a
> revolutionary workers' leader himself.  In the mid-80s the Militant
> Tendency had over 5,000 members; under Taaffe's sterling leadership they
> have shrunk to about 300.

Only if you believe the Weekly Worker:) At 300 the SP could not sustain the
number of full-timers they currently employ. In fact, the number of members
is between 1500 and 2000.

Andy




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