It has come to the attention of SOYMB that the Morning Star has been indulging in some narcissitic self homage to itself . Apparently , it is 80 years since the Daily Worker / Morning Star was founded . Forgive us , if SOYMB pukes .
The Morning Star was not owned by the Communist Party. Its forerunner, the Daily Worker was founded as an independent co-operative, the People’s Press Printing Society, set up to avoid accusations that the paper was simply a mouthpiece for Communist Party policy. That strategy rebounded with a vengeance during the death throes of the CP .
The group around the Morning Star had been in conflict with the CPGB since 1981 when the conference criticised the paper for failing to give sufficient prominence to the 1977 programme. This group saw the traditional emphasis on the working class and industrial strength in the trade unions as the correct way forward. Eurocommunism was seen as a liberal fad which should be dropped.In 1983 the 38th congress of the CPGB voted to dismiss Tony Chater, the editor and David Whitfield, the assistant editor. They refused to relinquish their posts. In June of the following year the paper’s shareholders voted to support Chater and Whitfield in defiance of the Eurocommunist leadership. It is rather surprising that with all the purges and demoralisation the Morning Star group did not break away and form the Communist Party of Britain until 1988. This party is centred around the Morning Star.
The Daily Worker/ Morning Star has stood for every shabby compromise, has misled generations of sincere workers, has been vanguardist, conspiratorial, undemocratic and dishonest. It has purported to oppose capitalism whilst supporting state capitalism. It has criticised imperialism whilst condoning and defending Russian imperialism. It has supported nationalism and at times even xenophobia. And, worst of all, by posing as Marxist it set back the cause of socialism by several decades.
In the opinion of SOYMB not worth commemorating