Clarence Chrysostom, who died on 5 July aged 92, was one of the last survivors of the early revolutionary period of the Sri Lankan Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), one of the few Trotskyist parties in history so far to win a mass following.
In my original text, I wrote that Clarence had a "short stay" with Healy's SLL. That was edited to read "a very brief membership of the SLL." I'm not sure he ever joined (perhaps others can say for sure). The story he told was that on arrival in England he was courted by the SLL as a member of the LSSP minority and invited as a guest to their summer camp. The way that he saw the Healyites operating there - Healy was notorious for bullying leading members of the group - led Clarence not to want to have anything further to do with them. So the phrase "a short stay" was chosen deliberately to describe - ambiguously but perhaps literally - his relationship with the SLL.