It basically includes everybody the millennial Marxists disagree with, other than right-wing nationalist populists and Stalinist tankies
. "Neoliberalism," in the hands of the millennial Marxists, becomes an oddly ahistorical and idealist concept, a spectre haunting not only Europe but the world, betwitching people into supporting policies clearly contrary to their interests, in very different political contexts and affecting movements with very different social bases, simply because it is the spirit of the (post-Berlin Wall) age.
I understand the split in the Communist Party in the 1970s and 1980s as being between the 'Tankies
' (I love that word), who fundamentally wanted to continue with communist orthodoxy, and the Eurocommunists, who tried to recognise that things had changed, history had changed, and that maybe they needed to have different tactics and pursue their ends through different, more democratic, means.
10 Which BBC Diplomatic Editor returns to his roots as a former officer in the Royal Tank Regiment to present Tankies
: Tank Heroes of WWII?
: Tank Heroes of WWII (BBC2, 9pm) Ex-tank commander Mark Urban concludes his celebration of the 5th Royal Tank Regiment by taking a look at more of their tales of derring-do during World War II, including how they fought their way across France following the DDay landings of June 1944, before going on to liberate the Belgian city of Ghent, and pushing further on into Germany just days before the end of the conflict.
: TANK HEROES OF WWII BBC Two, 9pm There can be few better choices to present this documentary about the wartime exploits of six members of the 5th Royal Tank Regiment than historian Mark Urban (above), who is a former tank commander.
"We merge with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment in 2014, however I'm sure the Tankies
' relationship with Liverpool will continue to grow long into the future."
However the growth of Marxism Today and its promotion of alternative ideas to the traditional labourist approach of the CPGB contributed to a growing rift within the party, popularly characterised as a battle between the 'Tankies
' or 'Stalinists' and the 'Euros'.
Are there any tankies
out there who would like to meet some of the old boys they served with, swap stories and photographs, talk about old times and have a good laugh?
The large number of former Communists in the Labour party, especially those of the late Stalinist faction affectionately known as 'tankies
', was a major part of giving UK Labour a sense of historical force well beyond that of social democratic muddling through of earlier regimes.
The Fourth Royal Tank Regiment -the 'Tartan Tankies
' - who also feature in our photo, have also been amalgamated - with the 1st and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment in 1993.
Happily for the "tankies
," the armies of Europe are fast coming round to the idea.
Nicknames: The Welsh Cavalry, the Welsh Tankies
. Colonel-in-Chief: The Prince of Wales.
Daily Record reporter Simon Houston describes vividly the fear, the strain and the amazing courage of our Scots tankies