The first title on labour history was published in July 2021. A second book will come out early in 2022.
The Great Betrayal: Black Friday and the 1921 Miners’ Lockout, is a fast-moving political drama that “…gives a blow-by-blow account of the negotiations and the behind the scenes manoeuvring as well as the militant response of ordinary trade unionists…. ‘Overall the Labour Party’s behaviour was a most lamentable spectacle’...A valuable history lesson written while the events were fresh in the participants minds” Labour Briefing, Dec 2021.
“As the introduction says, many of the lessons drawn about revolutionary tactics and winning over the working class are very relevant for today’s generation of activists" Socialism Today, March 2022.
Describing a dispute compared later by Prime Minister Lloyd George to civil war, The Great Betrayal is a powerful and partisan defence of the British miners. The author, M. M. Borodin, reveals the wide extent of preparations made at local level by key unions backing the miners to take over essential services and food distribution.
Borodin also criticises the mistakes made by the leaders of the recently formed Communist Party.
A biography of Borodin is included in the present edition’s additional material. After the dispute, in July 1921, he met miners and their supporters at the Moscow founding conference of the Red International of Labour Unions. A few months later he toured the most militant mining areas and was influential in setting up the Miners’ Minority Movement.
The Great Betrayal was first published in Russia in 1922.
THE GREAT BETRAYAL BLACK FRIDAY AND THE 1921 MINERS' LOCKOUT
£10.99, ISBN 978-1-9168931-0-8
Author, M M Borodin, Translated by Pete Dickenson
The second publication will be:
PLANNING FOR THE PLANET 2ND EDITION UPDATED AND ENLARGED.
Author: Pete Dickenson
Reviews of the 1st Edition:
"Planning for the Planet puts forward a credible and well researched socialist programme for combating climate change and protecting the environment" Justin Pollard, Dept. of Geography, University of Exeter.
"This is a clearly written book that will appeal to a wide audience- to socialists, green activists, trade unionists, students and academics. Excellent for provoking critical debate among students on this question." David Beale, Manchester Business School, Manchester University