Tom Unterrainer

A Very Moderate Witch-Hunt

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Review of ’Hammer of the Left‘, John Golding, Politicos £25

John Golding only merits a handful of mentions in the Benn Diaries, yet Golding himself seems to have been positively obsessed with Benn and the Labour left throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. Golding was a central figure in the ’moderate‘ group of Labour members, loyal to the leadership and desperate to maintain an even political keel. The ’moderates‘ waged a vicious campaign against the left, smearing and blaming the likes of Benn, Eric Heffer and Militant for all of Labour‘s woes.

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