You'd think any decent politician would have condemned Russia to the rafters from the floor of the house - but not Bevan. Hansard from 1933 reports a debate on measures to restrict trade with Russia following an incident in which two British engineers had been arrested by Stalin's OGPU; the many Russians who had met them were all summarily shot. Bevan replied;
I believe that the main architect of the troubles which will come in the future will be the Foreign Secretary and his chauvinistic and jingoistic followers in the House of Commons who for years have sought an opportunity of declaring war against the one nation, which, despite all the difficulties, is still showing that it is possible to have a world order in which people can live with more security than we have here. The dictatorship which has existed would have been relaxed had it not been for opposition from without. When you have a classless society you can abolish dictatorships, because it will not then be necessary to rest privilege upon the shoulders of an oppressed people.The 'one nation, which, despite all the difficulties, is still showing that it is possible to have a world order in which people can live with more security than we have here' was of course Stalin's Russia.
And it wasn't only the Labour idiots of the 30s that supported totalitarian and fascistic social control; from Bernard Shaw with his wishes for a 'humane gas' to kill the poor and mentally afflicted in a chilling foretaste of Hitler's T4 euthanasia programme, to Virginia Wolff, heroine of a new BBC series, who, after passing a line of the profoundly mentally ill, wrote "Imbeciles - every one of them a miserable, ineffective, shuffling, idiotic creature. It was perfectly horrible. They should certainly be killed."
And those other heroes of the left, the 'historian' Eric Hobsbawm and his chum Ralph Milliband, also tried to deny Stalin's horrendous crimes.
The man who laid them all bare was Robert Conquest. Obits in the Times and Telegraph, but a good piece in the Mail HERE. RIP.