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Readers of the Bataille Socialiste website may be saddened to learn of the deaths of comrade Dick Donnelly ( of Glasgow branch of the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) and Paul Breeze both in February.

Dick Donnelly had been a member of the SPGB since the 1950s and key figure of Glasgow branch. He wrote, debated and spoke extensively for the party (some of his work is available here In 1960 Donnelly jumped onto the stage after a Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Daily Worker (led by editor George Matthews), for Donnelly to denounce and ridicule the Communist Party. Despite all the hostility of the C.P.ers, Donnelly routed and exposed the record of their party and their Stalin-worship reducing them to a sullen silence. (More details available at

Paul Breeze wrote for the SPGB in the 1970s but left over the use of the traditional language of ‘socialism’, ‘capitalism’, ‘working class’, etc. After he left he wrote and published a pamphlet in the 1980s called ‘A World of Free Access’ which set out the case for socialism without using those words (available at He wrote two novels and became a twice-elected independent councillor and deputy mayor in Stoke-on-Trent.

Jon D. White

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