Autobiography of Ken Tarbuck to 1964

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This draft was never corrected by the author who died shortly after completing it.

NOT TO BE QUOTED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR

NB. The author died in late 1995, the copyright inheres therefore in Marion Tarbuch, his widow who can be contacted via Ted Crawford. His runs of left papers and IBs of the various groups went into Richardson’s archive and are now in the University of London Library, his correspondence is held by his widow Marion and the rest of his papers are held at Warwick University.


EVER HOPEFUL - NEVER SURE:

Reminiscences of a Some-time Trotskyist by Ken Tarbuck

Part 1: Down Hill All the Way 1930-1955

1.Childhood .. 3

2.Early adolescence and the dangers of Library Tickets

3.Work and New Horizons

4.Joining the RCP.. 21

5.The Split in the RCP and service in the Air Force

. 29

6. Fusion and Fission

7. Expulsion from the "Club" and founding a new group

8.Attrition and its Casualties

Part 2: A Glimmer of Hope

.. 59

9.1956 - Hungary and Suez . 66

10. On the political Roller Coaster - Again.. 74

11.New beginnings-Old Problems

12.There's one born every minute

13.1962 year of Decisions

14.A Change of Direction

14a Buying a second hand Book.. 106

14b.The Left Fraction and the Internationalist Group