From this interview with Mark Steel:
The left certainly does hate success. In my experience, those on the far left like the SWP can only define themselves in opposition. Due to the need to be ideologically pure and further left than anyone else, the splits come too easily. I liken it to fundamentalist religion, where if anyone achieves the nirvana they are not to be trusted.
Most of the left, like SWP and Respect, are too busy arguing amoungst themselves over who is the most left-wing and nothing else matters to them. Pragmatism doesn’t get a look in.
Nye Bevan knew the way, but these so-called lefties know nothing of his work
Comment by Bearded Socialist — 23 June, 2009 @ 10:52 am
Most of the Greens are know are good, proper lefties. Derek Wall is a genuine socialist and a legend in our times. The left should feel very comfortable supporting the Greens