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‘I’ve Lived Through It All’

(June 1974)

From International Socialism (1st series), No.70, Mid-June 1974, p.30.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

I’ve Lived Through It All
Emanuel Shinwell
Gollancz, £4.00

THIS BOOK COULD have been sub-titled: And I was responsible for quite a lot of the mess myself. Shinwell tells – or rather re-tells, for this is his second attempt at autobiography – how he attacked the Communist Party in 1921, supported the Second International against the Third, moved Ramsay MacDonald for the leadership of the Parliamentary Labour Party, helped as a junior minister in the first minority Labour government to avert a strike of miners, assisted in the organisation of the army to aid the American troops in Korea in 1951, favoured invading Iran when Mossadeq nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, and consistently supported Zionist aggression.

With a record like that, you might have thought Shinwell would have been well-advised to keep quiet. Not a bit of it! Shinwell is proud of what he has done.

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