"Meanwhile, some of Gordon Brown's worst enemies are revealing themselves as the worst sort of reformed-Trot whore," writes Martin Meenagh.
But there is nothing "reformed" about them. They have followed academic Marxism from economic to moral, social, cultural and constitutional means to exactly the same ends as ever, namely the destruction of the family, of private property, and of the State.
Those were accurately, if hardly profoundly, identified by Engels as having been mutually dependent from the first. "The withering away of the State" is a Marxist term for a Marxist aspiration, part and parcel of which is the "withering away" of the family and the "withering away" of private property.
Not only in her definition of politics in terms of economics was Margaret Thatcher anything but a bulwark against the advance of Marxism. Or, as it renamed itself, neoconservatism in general and New Labour in particular. It is neither conservative nor Labour, any more than she was.