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If We All Spat Together... We’d Drown The Bastards - Mick Mulcahy

by Steve Hammill
Issue No. 2183

Mick Mulcahy is a mental health education development worker in the NHS and an active member of the Unison union and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).

For many years he was an art teacher in Rotherham and Preston and has been active in the Labour movement for over 30 years.

This book represents the personal and political reflections of an activist and fighter.

Having come from a working class family in a mining area, Mick rightly focuses on the struggles in the mines and the communities of which he was a part.

Sometimes breathless and spiky, Mick traces his personal and political development through those turbulent years up to the present day.

He shares with us his experiences of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), the Labour Party Young Socialists, and the Labour Party and Militant until 1992, when he became a member of the SWP.

Mick treats his comrades with respect and his enemies with contempt.

At another time, the “old man”, SWP founder Tony Cliff, commented that “to have merely survived this period with politics and perspective relatively intact speaks volumes”.

No truer words could be said of Mick and his book.

With his eyes firmly fixed on the struggles ahead, he recounts his experiences as a class fighter and, in doing so, contributes to our tradition.

If We All Spat Together... We’d Drown The Bastards
by Mick Mulcahy
Published by Better Red

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Tue 5 Jan 2010, 18:00 GMT
Issue No. 2183
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