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Submitted by martin on Tue, 03/05/2011 - 11:30

The May Day march in London was small again this year - maybe four thousand, and dominated by Stalinist political-exile groups, as it has generally been for some years.

Non-Stalinist exile groups - a large contingent of Tamils, and groups like the Worker-communist Party of Iraq and the Worker-communist Party of Iran - were also there, but with fewer numbers and trappings than the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Turkey and similar groups, with their banners, sound systems, and so on.

The Financial Times was able, without gross falsification, to "cover" the march by printing a picture of a large portrait of Stalin being carried by marchers.

The British labour-movement presence was overwhelmingly one of members and sympathisers of left political groups, who had come with their political groups, rather than of trade-unionists organised by their unions or their Trades Councils, let alone any significant number of Labour Party members. A scheduled Labour Representation Committee contingent failed to show.

Some areas outside London showed the same weakness as London. Nottingham had about 100 on its march - although Notts Trades Council and the local anti-cuts campaign had organised a demonstration of one thousand in November. Merseyside had maybe 500.

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