I have a lot of time for Tony Cliff’s widow – the redoubtable Chanie Rosenberg. In a party divided between ‘thinkers’ and ‘doers’ Chanie is a doer. When I used to sell Class War in Mare street in the 198os Chanie would often be selling Socialist Worker. The key to a good paper sale is look like you’re enjoying yourslf and stay there a long time – Chanie then in her late 6o’d did both. One day I even saw her doing a second sale up Stamford Hill.So respect to a woman in her 9os who is still a fighter.
Of course the current SWP central committee is well aware of this respect. Prior to their emergency conference last weekend there were various faction meetings. SWP rebels at one were astonished to find two members of the central committtee turn up and demand admittance to their faction meting specifically called to oppose the central committe. Even more astonished to find they had with them Chanie Rosenberg and her daughter Anna Gluckstein. Short of bringing the embalmed body of Tony Cliff into the room they could not hsve brought a more respected figure.I can imagine the shrieks of horror as news leaked out that Chanie had been refused admittance to an SWP meeting. And I am sure that is what the central committee did – imagine the horror.