Marxist Writers: Paul Foot

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Paul Foot

1937 – 2004

“Only the working masses can change society; but they will not do that spontaneously, on their own. They can rock capitalism back onto its heels but they will only knock it out if they have the organisation, the socialist party, which can show the was to a new, socialist order of society. Such a party does not just emerge. It can only be built out of the day-to-day struggles of working people.” – Why you should be a socialist, 1977


 

Biography

Despite coming from a ruling-class background, Paul Foot broke politically with his class and became a revolutionary socialist while working as a young journalist on the Daily Record in Glasgow. He became one of the finest investigative journalists of his generation and was responsible for exposing corruption in high places and the blatant injustice of the British legal system.

He was a great populariser of the socialist message both in print and in person at innumerable meetings up and down Britain. He also published a number of important political studies (e.g. on Harold Wilson and Enoch Powell) as well introducing a new generation to the revolutionary message of radical poets such as Percy Shelley and William Blake.

In 2000 he received the Journalist of the Decade award in recognition of his principled struggle against injustice. This archive attempts to provide a glimpse of all aspects of his political work.

Works:

Autumn 1965

Immigration and the British Labour Movement

Spring 1966

The Devlin Report

Summer 1968

Harold Wilson and the Labour Left

27 Sept. 1968

Wilson: the man who murdered reformism

Apr./May 1970

Law and Order

July 1970

If only Harold had got the date right

21 Aug. 1971

Army reign of terror (with Jimmy Grealy, Chris Harman & Brian Trench)

July 1972

The Old Firm (book review)

1973

Workers Against Racism

15 Sept. 1973

How the TUC killed workers’ paper

Feb. 1974

Portrait of an Appalling Man (book review)

13 April 1974

Clay Cross double-crossed

June 1975

Shelley: The trumpet of a prophecy (extended book review)

1976

Stop the Cuts (pamphlet)

1977

Why you should be a socialist (book)

25 June 1977

How much longer must these people be hounded and humiliated? (with Lionel Starling)

April 1978

For law, read class (book review)

2 Feb. 1980

The Rotherham lads are here!

Mar. 1980

The Labour Left’s Brightest Star

May 1981

Shirley, Shirley, quite contrary, how will your garden grow?

June 1981

“This bright day of Summer”: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381

Mar. 1982

Three letters to a Bennite (pamphlet)

Jan. 1986

‘An Agitator of the Worst Type’: A portrait of miners’ leader A.J. Cook (pamphlet)

15 Feb. 1986

No sects please

17 May 1986

101 years of not thinking (obituary)

Dec. 1986

Off the Christmas tree (book review)

Dec. 1986

Powell’s poison platform

March 1987

Without a paddle (extended book review)

May 1987

Confessions and repressions

June 1987

Voting for our class

October 1987

Victor Gollancz – From Marx to muddle (book review)

Jan. 1988

Battle for the NUM

Feb. 1988

Poor on pioneers (letter) (with Margaret Renn)

July 1988

Dividing Ireland

September 1988

The great times they could have had (book review)

Mar. 1989

Can Labour win?

July 1989

No challenge, no change

July 1989

The question lingers on

Nov. 1989

Dead ringer (film review)

Jan. 1990

Tribunes and the people (extended theatre review)

Mar. 1990

Marx’s real tradition

July 1990

The Case for Socialism (book)

Nov. 1990

All fall down

Feb. 1991

Press Censorship: The media massage

April 1991

Birmingham Six: Injustice seen to be done

July 1991

Man’s unconquerable mind

July 1991

Toussaint L’Ouverture: The Haitian Slave Revolt of 1791 (lecture)

Nov. 1991

Will Labour make a difference?

14 Dec. 1991

They all knew he was a crook

Feb. 1992

Saints and devils (book review)

May 1992

Why Labour lost

July 1992

Poetry of protest

Oct. 1992

Press: Private parts

Nov. 1992

Birth of our power

7 Nov. 1992

Hungry for power?

23 Jan. 1993

Morse code

Feb. 1993

Stop press

13 Feb. 1993

Bribery and corruption

May 1993

Vision of a new world (extended book review)

June 1993

Seize the time

Dec. 1993

Christmas Crackers (book review)

May 1994

Silencing the Nazi threat

June 1994

Ship without a keel

18 June 1994

Can Labour bring jobs?

Oct. 1994

Ten things everyone should know about the Labour Party

Nov. 1994

Parliamentary privilege

May 1995

Arms dealing: Will they get off Scott free?

Summer 1995

When will the Blair bubble burst?

June 1995

Pipe dreams (obituary)

July 1995

The government that devoured itself

15 July 1995

A question of principle

29 July 1995

Rogues and ‘scroungers’

19 Aug. 1995

What Have They Got To Hide? Tories, arms and the Scott report

26 Aug. 1995

The dream of Tony Blair

Oct. 1995

State of terror

7 Oct. 1995

Moonshot moonshine

Nov. 1995

Treated for health or for wealth?

Dec. 1995

Judges’ ruling

16 Dec. 1995

Marx alive in Clerkenwell

Feb. 1996

Waste disposal

Mar. 1996

Armed and dangerous

June 1996

A Passionate Prophet of Liberation (extended book review)

July 1996

In the colonial style (book review)

13 July 1996

Strikes from a sunlounger

Oct. 1996

New Statesman, Decline and Fall

Dec. 1996

Corruption: Members declare an unhealthy interest

Jan. 1997

Ireland: Majority rule

April 1997

Socialism and democracy

5 April 1997

Offensive to the bullies

May 1997

It’s been a long time coming

July 1997

Jonathan Aitken: Weaving a tangled web

12 July 1997

Judges rule against a free press

Sept. 1997

The triple whammy (book review)

Jan. 1998

Labour: Millionaires’ welfare

Feb. 1998

The Lessing legend (book review)

March 1998

Beyond the Powell (obituary)

July 1998

‘A groundswell of anger and dismay’

Dec. 1998

No time to make up

Jan. 1999

House of cards

Feb. 1999

London, 27 February 1900

2000

Introduction to Tony Cliff, A World to Win

Jan. 2000

Democracy and socialism: Century of the great hope

11 April 2000

Tony Cliff (obituary)

May 2000

Tribune of the People (interview)

Oct. 2000

Big Business and Government: Tony Blair’s well oiled machine

Nov. 2000

Labour’s Crisis: Ghost of a chance

Jan. 2001

Ireland: Come all you young rebels (preview)

20 Jan. 2001

Ross Pritchard – dedicated socialist (obituary)

Feb. 2001

Passports and Politics: A beautiful symmetry

March 2001

Haunted by the Future (theatre review)

June 2001

Election: Is this what democracy looks like?

Nov. 2001

Stop the war: The Truth Machine

Nov. 2001

I urge you to join the socialists

Dec. 2001

Lewis Grassic Gibbon: Poet of the Granite City

Jan. 2002

Workers’ movement: The party’s just begun

19 Jan. 2002

TUC’s own official part of plots against left leaders

March 2002

Corruption: Dirty Business

March 2002

Doing the Deed of Death (theatre review)

May 2002

The Budget: Not very taxing on the bosses

June 2002

Red Barbara’s Rocky Road (obituary)

July 2002

Slaughterhouse Six (theatre review)

14 Sept. 2002

Shaking up New Labour (interview)

28 Sept. 2002

Duncan Hallas: We owe him a huge debt (obituary)

23 Nov. 2002

‘Seeds of new society are sown in battle with the old’

Dec. 2002

Stocking Thriller (book review)

15 Feb. 2003

Real democracy

April 2003

Born Unfree and Unequal

June 2003

Corruption: Who Said Crime Doesn’t Pay?

July 2003

Orwell Centenary: The Cold War Controversy

26 July 2003

‘We need to concentrate on the big deception’

25 Oct. 2003

Libel Fund: ‘Please contribute to Bookmarks appeal’

Nov. 2003

Democracy: A grand delusion

Dec. 2003

Left Alternative: Beyond the Crossroads

2004

How capitalism corrupts Labour politicians (extract from The Vote)

24 Jan. 2004

Toussaint L’Ouverture and the great Haitian slave revolt

Feb. 2004

Karl Marx: The Best Hated Man

April 2004

Mordechai Vanunu: Israel’s Whistle Test




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