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Samizdata quote of the day

“We are building socialism … and as long as we are building socialism but have not yet built it, we will also have homeless children.”

– Anne Applebaum quotes Nadezhda Krupskaya in this review of Children of the Gulag

3 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • BigFatFlyingBloke

    Live from the Labour leadership debates

    John McDonnell says he was on the GLC – and that if he could go back in time and do one thing, he would visit the 1980s and “assassinate Thatcher”.

  • Paul Marks

    Perhaps Mr McDonnell opposes the INCREASE in NHS spending under Mrs Thatcher. Or the vast increases in government sector pay in 1979 (inherited from the Labour government it is true – but there was no effort in 1979 to stop the increase in government sector pay).

    However, I doubt it.

    More likely Mr McDonnell hates Mrs Thatcher for things he thinks the lady did – rather than for what Mrs Thatcher actually did.

    However, men who allow themselves to get this detached from reality (mistaking the world of dreams in their fantasy life – for the actual world) are the sort of people who commit the crimes that Anne Applebaum describes.

  • I liked the threat Stalin issued to Krupskaya: “We can always find another widow for Lenin.”