I don’t begrudge Vanessa Redgrave her Bafta award – she’s a fine actress. Nor do I wish her any personal ill, especially following the death of her daughter Natasha.
But the sight of this former West End Revolutionary Party dogmatist and sectarian, who covered up the crimes of Gerry Healy, denounced critics as “Zionists” and supported the WRP’s spying on Libyan and Iraqi dissidents, bowing and scraping before Prince William last night…
…would have been hilarious, if it wasn’t simply nauseating.
“ With Vanessa Redgrave—a splendid actress politically short of more than a few of the pages necessary for a full shooting script—playing Cordelia to his Lear, Healy fled from the wrath of his political children. He died in December 1989, by now an enthusiastic supporter of Russia’s reforming Stalinist Tzar, Gorbachev. Asserting to the end his right to believe what he wanted to believe, he imagined that he saw Gorbachev carrying out Trotsky’s programme in the USSR! Thus the “Gerry Healy story” would have a happy ending!”