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Not quite last minute Christmas gifts for Leftists… December 3, 2022

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Any suggestions? Any and all welcome and there’s still time to send them in the post.

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1. John O Brien - December 3, 2022

I am selling my book Christianity and social democracy as a Christmas present.

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WorldbyStorm - December 3, 2022

Well there’s one example. Do people have others?

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2. sobriquet90 - December 3, 2022

Discounted LRB subscription gift, 6 months for 30 quid. Got one for the uncles birthday last year and he quite enjoyed it. History Today is another one…

Thinking about picking up one of Matthew Collins books as a gift for myself…even though id be clued in to a lot of that stuff already i’ve never properly given him a shout.

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WorldbyStorm - December 3, 2022

Those are great ideas. And cheaper subs too is a good thing. There were some Black Friday ‘deals’ this last weekend. But some magazines are really inexpensive.

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3. tomasoflatharta - December 4, 2022
4. tomasoflatharta - December 4, 2022

Recommendation Number 2 Rebel Verdict – Michael Randle’s account of the springing of Soviet Spy George Blake from Wormwoid Scrubs Prison, London, in 1966. “
A traitor to the British State escapes prison with the aid of peace activists who help smuggle him across Europe. George Blake, former MI6 intelligence officer, had been imprisoned for 42 years on charges of espionage – for the Soviet Union. His sentence was considered extraordinarily lengthy (at the time the longest sentence handed down for a non-murder charge since 1887), and it sparked uproar.

Five years into his sentence Blake escaped and ended up in Moscow (via East Germany) where he lived until his death in 2020, aged 98. The breakout – considered to be a coup for the Soviet Union, was actually organised by inmates of the prison: who believed George had been a victim of a politically motivated injustice system.

This book tells the story of the trial of Blake’s jumpers: the peace activists who helped him escape, Michael Randle and Pat Pottle.

Reviews:

“The Old Bailey trial of the two peace activists, Michael Randle and Pat Pottle, for helping free the spy George Blake back in the 1960s ended with them being acquitted on all charges. It was an astonishing and entirely unexpected result and Michael Randle has now given us a full account of what happened. He argues convincingly that the result was not, as supporters of the government at the time put it, the work of a “perverse” jury but should more correctly be seen as a rebel verdict. It was a rare example of ordinary people accepting the value of moral arguments and serves as a reminder that on issues of common justice political establishments do not always get it their own way. Rebel Verdict will be of great interest to anyone in the legal profession as well as to new generations of antiwar and environmental campaigners, especially the increasing number of people prepared to take nonviolent direct action on climate issues. Quite apart from anything else, it is also a rattling good read.”. https://pmpress.org.uk/product/rebel-verdict/

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5. WorldbyStorm - December 4, 2022

Those are great suggestions Tomás

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6. tomasoflatharta - December 4, 2022
7. Tomboktu - December 10, 2022

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