Proud to Be Called a Marxist

When the Young Socialists recommended their chairman, Andrew Bevan, then age 24, as the Labor Party's National Youth Officer back in 1976, the hue and cry was immediate. London's Daily Mirror was quick to call him "Red Andy" and "a dangerous representative of Trotskyist infiltration." The Times editorialized that Bevan was a "subversive element" and likened his appointment to "soldiers under siege being asked suddenly to accept the command of one of the enemy." An array of Labor stalwarts, including Michael Foot and then Prime Minister James Callaghan, objected to Bevan's selection....