Is not that exactly what we confronted when we overthrew Healy? Can we simply carry on with areasserting of principles and forget the past? Do we not have to trace the roots of the IC failure in itshistory?”It is perhaps apt to note here that Bailey relates that during one of those acrimonious Political Committeemeetings at the start of ~87 (Chris Bailey and Dave Bruce were on the PC as was Richard Goldstein)Slaughter broke down and wept, confessed that he thought his usefulness was at an end and that he shouldretire and allow the new leadership to take over. Bailey should have twisted the knife while it was in!There were many sources of information on Moreno available to members, ranging from the documentswritten by John Lister and others, representing the Trotskyist International Liaison Committee (TILC), (the body of international co-thinkers drawn together by the progressive nature of the 1974 struggle against theWRP waged by the Thornett group) in the late 1970’s to the Spartacists ‘Moreno Truth Kit’, articles anddocuments from Workers Power sources, volumes of material from the Argentinean Partido Obrera andmany others. Most WRP members just did not want to know what Moreno represented politically, it wassufficient that the academics put a veneer of Marxism over him, just as they did for Healy, and it wasswallowed, hook, line and sinker.
A bizarre incident happened around that time. At the CC meeting at the end of January 1 denouncedMoreno’s political positions in the strongest terms and drew much hostility from the meeting. I had just satdown when a rumour began to circulate; ‘He’s dead’! People began to look at me with even greater hostility. Then Bill Hunter arose to tell the meeting that Moreno was dead but could not bring himself tosay it through his tears. And this for a man he had only met twice in his life, once in 1958 and the other time in 1986! Needless to say he would have cheerfully shot me dead at the time.The Workers Press produced a lying obituary, which never mentioned any of the controversial aspects of Moreno’s career. It was as if the WRP wrote an obituary for Mandel and never mentioned
actually defended it by saying that he would do just that for Mandel. It was clear now that no examinationwas contemplated of Morenoite politics or positions.
One of the big issues that gave some credence to the supposed left turn of the Morenoites was the performance of their supporters in the Simon Bolivar Brigade (SBB or SBIB, the ‘I’ is for ‘International’)during the Nicaragua civil war and after and the critical analysis of the whole affair made by the MorenoiteColombian section, the PST. This leftism, however, was a defence of the more left positions the USec(which then included the Morenoites) had had before 1979. In 1979 the USec began to oppose theconstruction of a section in Nicaragua, leaving the SBB high and dry and open to state repression.The Sandanistas expelled the SBB from Nicaragua on 20 August 1979, with the support of the USec (andthe WRP) also). This was one of the reasons Moreno split with the USec. The Lambertist and theMorenoites exploited this treachery to give a gloss to their unprincipled, and short lived fusion. However some correct transitional demands were made but the demand that could lead to state power for the workingclass, the governmental slogan, was wrong and confused It demanded ‘A Sandinista Government withoutthe Bourgeoisie’, implying that the Sandinistas were some type of Mensheviks. Unfortunately theSandinistas were simply petty bourgeois and when the capitalists did indeed leave the government (having been invited in by the Sandinistas) the regime moved, not to expropriate the capitalists but to curb theworkers and the revolution. Moreover the San was a group acting under the pressure of a revolution, whoseinspiration did not reach Buenos Aires to alter the revisionism of the LIT in any substantial way.The Belgium LOR, section of the LTT, comprehensibly exposed the accounts of their military exploits and political positions that Leon Perez wrote in Workers Press during the first half of 1987 as a tissue of lies, ina long document they wrote on the question In Autumn 1987; The Simon Bolivar Brigade: Questions for Comrade L Perez. These are just some of the main issues they take up. Perez claimed that the SBB were:3