Expulsion of 'Morning Star' Editor, Tony Chater, brings into the open the growing split within the British Communist Party. A look at why this has happened. Flashback Tony Chater at 1983 Communist Party Annual Congress; Intvw historian, Prof Eric Hobsbawm, on what those who want change are seeking & on the diminishing numbers of British industrial working classes; Intvw Ben Fine, Co-author of 'Class Politics' (Against the expulsions) on differences between factions & the impossibility of a broadly based movement; Intvw Mark Rutherford, Financial Times, on similarities between splits in Communist and Labour Party. Executive meeting which expelled Chater.
1) ENGLAND MS Printers as newspapers off press - printer London holds up newspaper - ZOOM front page CMS Headline 'GP expels Star editors' CMS Newspapers off press MS Printers stand reading newspapers as papers off press MS Papers onto table as off conveyor MS Newspapers stacked CMS Stacked newspapers ZOOM over them to worker LMS Tony Chater 'Morning Star' )TX editor and others on )15.11.83 platform ZOOM IN Chater )ITN MS Delegates in hall - some ) applauding ) ) MS Banner on wall 'Morning ) Star' ) CMS Poster 'Jesus said "I am the) Morning Star"' ) CMS Magazines 'Marxism Today' ) PAN L-R over them ) ) GRAPHIC 'Marxism Today' ) ) CMS 'Morning Star' newspapers ) PULL OUT - TILT DOWN badges ) TILT DOWN badges and ) pamphlets ) ) CMS 'Morning Star' held PULL ) OUT ) GRAPHIC 'Morning Star' articles GRAPHIC 'Morning Star' article CMS MICHAEL CRICK (Workers in B/G) I/C SOF 'Some people might argue -- Labour movement' London MS Professor Eric Hobsbawm looking through book LA Ditto CMS PROFESSOR ERIC HOBSBAWM (Historian) INTVW SOF 'We think that -- very satisfied' STILL Professor Hobsbawm and )B/W Labour Leader Neil Kinnock ) GRAPHIC Pamphlet 'Class Politics' Birkbeck BV Ben Fine College CMS BEN FINE (Co-author of 'Class Politics' at desk) INTVW SOF 'Those to the right -- for example' Birmingham GV Mass meeting (exterior) )R. Longbridge TMS Meeting )21.11.84 Austin CS Man listens )ITN Rover Plant CMS More ditto )(To illustrate CMS One listens ) Eric Hobsbawm's ) theory of the ) diminishing ) numbers of blue ) collar workers) CMS PROFESSOR ERIC HOBSBAWM INTVW SOF 'The industrial working -- of the population' Birkbeck 2 SHOT Ben Fine College CMS Ben Fine 2 SHOT Ben Fine CMS BEN FINE INTVW SOF 'This unionism -- impossible' Financial 2 SHOT Malcolm Rutherford Times CMS MALCOLM RUTHERFORD (Financial Times) INTVW SOF 'Well I think -- the Labour movement' St. John MS Executive Party meeting (Which expelled Street EC1 the 'Morning Star' Editors MS Ditto ZOOM IN Miners' Vice President Mick McGahey up from seat and walks towards CMS Poster 'The New View from the Left' MS Party members