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We thought that now the differences would be clarified. Alas, the leaders of the party were very clever and underhanded, and after the statement was read they stood up and applauded. Probably the British visitors thought that the young man with his poor English simply expressed himself poorly. A few days after the ILP MPs left Palestine to return to Britain our group was ex pelled for making the above statement. By the way, eight years later, in 1946, my path crossed that of Campbell Stephen again.
An urge to leave Palestine and go to Egypt The fact that we were getting nowhere was becoming more and more frustrating. Formally we said the right things: Arab workers should fight Zionism and imperialism and break with the reactionary Arab lead ership; Jewish workers should join the Arab masses in the struggle. We repeated the word ‘should’ again and again. One expression of this was a series of three articles I wrote for the American Trotskyist monthly New International: ‘British Policy in Palestine’ (October 1938), ‘The Jewish-Arab Conflict’ (November 1938), and ‘Class Politics in Pales tine’(June 1939).
4 It was impossible in 1946 not to see that capitalism did not suffer from general stagnation and decay. Full employment, a speedy rise of production and improvements in living standards were to be seen everywhere. 6 Using his theory of permanent revolution Trotsky argued that in backward, underdeveloped countries the accomplishment of bourgeois 41 A WORLD TO WIN democratic tasks— national liberation and agrarian reform— could be advanced only by working class power. This too was refuted by actual events.
A world to win: life of a revolutionary by Tony Cliff