HOMAGE TO NINA FISHMAN
Nina Fishman-McManus (1946-2009) is best known for her academic work on the history of the British Labour movement, and especially on the role of the Communist Party. This could be described as an effort to maintain consciousness of the British working class as a real historically evolved political force at a time when its cohesion as a class appears to be lost. In the very different circumstances of the early 1970s, in the pages of the British and Irish Communist Organisation journal, The Communist, she wrote a series of articles on the process by which a real, permanent and positive shift of power in the working class interest could be achieved. These articles radically challenged many of the assumptions of the Left, especially the Marxist left, of the day - assumptions that eventually led to the impasse in which we find ourselves at the present time.
I hope here to build up an archive of this material and eventually to provide a more complete commentary on its relevance - or lack of relevance - to the present day. This and similar material can also be found at www.ninafishman.org
1. Homage to Nina Stead - substance of a contribution to the memorial meeting held in honour of Nina Fishman at the TUC's Congress House, London, January 2010
2. The CBI-TUC talks with the government. The Communist No 54, October 1972
3. The British Road to Socialism - The Communist No 55, November 1972
4. More on the tripartite talks - The Communist no 56, December 1972
5. Workers Control in Britain - a policy statement collectively agreed but mainly drafted by Nina, issued in January 1974.