Today sees the start of the Socialist Workers Party's annual jamboree - Marxism 2010, at the University of London Union at Malet Street.
As happens every four years or so, this clashes with a much more entertaining contest - the World Cup. Veterans of Marxism, and indeed veterans of the SWP, will be aware of the organisations traditionally po-faced attitude towards sport, and football in particular. Slipping into the ULU bar one day during the 1994 World Cup, I hoped to see the scheduled match between Brazil and Holland. Instead, I and many others were met by TV screens with the following message:
"The organisers of Marxism 94 have requested we do not show World Cup coverage"
As I wrote in issue 64 of Class War, in September that year:
"The arrogance of a supposed 'revolutionary' party telling its members what they can and cannot watch in their own spare time tells us much about how any future society governed by these gangsters would look".
So, sixteen years on, will anything have changed? Certainly the University of London Union is suggesting so, with this poster promising full World Cup coverage in the bars during the tournament. Has the SWP finally grown up, on this issue at least?