One of most disgusting and libellous signs seen at yesterday’s was borne by len Richards-until recent times, co-leader of the miniscule Alliance Party.
In 1978 he was a member of the tiny Socialist Labour League, the NZ branch of Gerry Healey (and Vanessa Redgrave’s) UK based, Workers’ Revolutionary Party. The RCP were very anti Israel and pro PLO. At the time a student in the maths dept of Auckland Secondary Teachers’ College, young Len organised the visit of a Palestine Liberation Organisation official, a Mr Shaik to Auckland.
Through the ’80s Len was active in the Labour Party in South Auckland, but left in 1989 to join Jim Anderton’s crypto-communist New Labour Party.
In a September 1989 article in the late Bruce Jesson’s “The Republican” entitled “What to do about the NLP?”, looney Len wrote;
“I would be well qualified to write on the “looney” aspect of the left, having, for several years in my not too distant past, belonged to possibly the looniest of all left groups…” The guru was a British madman named Healy… “There is a long road to travel, a long march to take, with plenty of opportunities to show in action, fighting side by side with the people against the common enemy, how “revolutionary” your socialism is! I say: Join wholeheartedly in the task at hand and build a New Labour Party!”
As a delegate to the November 1989 NLP Palmerston North conference, Len allegedly said that;
“big business should be taxed “until they bleed”
Through the ’90s Len was active in the NLP/Alliance Party and the secondary teachers union, the PPTA.
In 2002 Len helped establish the radical Global Peace and Justice Auckland, with radicals like priest Terry Dibble, Maire Leadbetter, Mike Treen, John Minto, Jane Kelsey, Socialist Worker’s Dave Colyer, Green Party activist Lynne Serpe, Love Chile and Geraldene Peters.
Good ol’ Len. Once a looney, always a…….