The Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskas who has died aged 79, fifty years after the Russian invasion which drove him from his homeland, was a key member of the Magnificent Magyars, the national team who revolutionised football in the early fifties.
Peter Fryer, who died on 31 October 2006 a few months short of his 80th birthday, is known now as the author of important books such as his history of black people in Britain, Staying Power. He once played an important part in the revolutionary socialist movement.
“The only true prophets are those who carve out the future they announce.”
Ted Grant, the last survivor from among the leading figures of the Trotskyist movement of the 1940s, died in July 2006 at the age of 93.
By August Grabski
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On 16 February 2006 Stefan Piekarczyk died of cancer in Warsaw. Stefan was a socialist, a Trotskyist, a translator and an economist.
He was born in 1955 and grew up in a Polish family in Glasgow and there he joined a British section of the Fourth International (FI) — the International Marxist Group.
Throughout the strike, pit villages were twinned with the labour movements in towns and cities throughout the country, and there was a constant flow of activists between the two. One of the towns the North Notts strikers were twinned with was Basingstoke, and Paul and his comrades spent a lot of time with socialists and activists from there.
Jean Lane, a Women’s Fightback organiser during the miners’ strike, remembers how Paul Whetton responded to women organising.
By John Bloxham
On Friday 3 March Paul Whetton, miner, trade union militant, socialist and Workers’ Liberty collaborator, died aged 66. It was the 21st anniversary of the end of the great miners’ strike of 1984-85. John Bloxam remembers him.
We honour the Marxist fighters who died for their commitment to
independent working class politics.
By Heenal Rajani
We should remember George Best for his football alone and not his decline.