Dick Donnelly and Paul Breeze have died

by Jon White on June 8, 2015


Dick Donnelly

Readers of the North Star website may be saddened to learn of the deaths of comrade Dick Donnelly of Glasgow branch of the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) and Paul Breeze both in February.

Dick Donnelly had been a member of the SPGB since the 1950s and key figure of Glasgow branch. He wrote, debated and spoke extensively for the party (some of his work is available here).

Over the years Dick also visited comrades in New Zealand, Australia, America and attended the founding in Calcutta of our Companion Party in India. He debated Albert Meltzer representing an Anarchist group called Black Flag in 1987, a recording of which can be listened to here.

Paul Breeze wrote for the SPGB in the 1970s but left over the use of the traditional language of ‘socialism’, ‘capitalism’, ‘working class’, etc. After he left he wrote and published a pamphlet in the 1980s called ‘A World of Free Access’ which set out the case for socialism without using those words (available at http://www.revleft.com/vb/group.php?do=discuss&group=&discussionid=7047). He wrote two novels and became a twice-elected independent councillor and deputy mayor in Stoke-on-Trent.

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