The Communist- Bulletin of the British Section of the Left Opposition

communistThe Communist was the theoretical journal of the British Section of the International Left Opposition- the group which would later style itself the Communist League and publish the Red Flag but which was at that time still operating clandestinely within the Communist Party.

A very modest affair- 12 duplicated ‘foolscap’ pages, it was, never the less the first openly Trotskyist publication in Britain.

In his publishers note to the collection of The Red Flag, Staffan Lindhe mentioned that he aimed to include a complete set of 9 issues of The Communist but was unable to find all issues.

Whilst we do not have all nine issues either, we can now at least make a start by presenting here the following:

No1 May 1932

No2 September 1932

No6 June 1933

In addition we have a photocopy of the cover and two pages of an alternative No1 dated March 1932. We believe that the other pages of this issue were identical to those in the ‘actual’ No1 for May and can only surmise that this was a prototype issue or a bulletin intended for internal circulation only.

We hope to be able to present a few more copies of this journal in due course.

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