Socialists in Burnley were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Mick White just before the new year.
Mick cut his political teeth in the Labour Party Young Socialists before joining the SWP in the early 1980s.
His fierce hatred of the capitalist system never dimmed. We remember Mick as a fighter with a sharp political brain and a great sense of humour.
His contribution was invaluable during the miners’ strike and the anti poll tax campaign. Recently it was the rise of the fascist BNP which angered Mick the most. Even when singled out for vicious personal abuse from BNP thugs because of his thalidomide disability, Mick’s courage did not falter.
Our proudest memory of him was when we demonstrated against the BNP headquarters in Welling ten years ago. After the police had laid into the start of the march, we were told to retreat. Urged on by Mick, in the full knowledge that he was the most physically vulnerable of our group, we marched on up the hill to the end of our route through all the police hostility, Mick proudly defiant in his trademark Palestinian scarf.
He was loyal to the ideas of the SWP and the hope of a socialist future even when poor health kept him out of regular activity. Our condolences go to his wife Martine, and his children Carl, Luke, Peter and Sarah.
Anwar Ditta, a heroic anti-racist campaigner, died last week.