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Vanessa Redgrave and the red sex slaves: How her bid to start Marxist revolution plunged her into bizarre scandal
By Tim Adler (from his The House of Redgrave.)
Aside from its radical politics, part of the appeal of the WRP for the Redgraves was its leader, Gerry Healy, who became a kind of father figure.
Like all leaders of cults, he maintained his personal domination by isolating members from their families and the outside world. Despite his contempt for the female sex, he gave Vanessa carte blanche to pursue her career, while Corin was swamped with Party work. Brendan Martin, a WRP member, said that Healy also extended to her ‘the privilege of having a lover who was not in the Party’….
Nothing, it seemed, could rock Vanessa’s steely allegiance to the WRP. So everyone wondered which way she’d jump when it was suddenly split apart by a huge sex scandal in 1985.
At the age of 73, the squat and unattractive Gerry Healy had been accused of ‘gross sexual misconduct’ and expelled by the Party he’d founded. It turned out that he’d had sex with at least 26 comrades, and — in the words of the West Croydon branch — had ‘turned women into his sexual slaves’. As trades unionist Roy Lockett revealed: ‘He told the girls it was their revolutionary duty.’
It also transpired that he’d slept with the daughter of two of his closest friends and then beaten her up, leaving her almost crippled.
Vanessa did what she always did: she held a Press conference. ‘These allegations are all lies and the women who are supposed to have made them are all liars,’ she raged. ‘I don’t care whether it’s 26, 36 or 236 — they’re all liars.’
Corin insisted what Healy did in his spare time was his business, adding that he was ‘neither for, nor against, rape’ but ‘for the social revolution’.
Afterwards, Michael Banda, the newly-elected leader of the WRP, blasted the Redgraves for defending ‘the corrupt sexual practices of a “leader” who thinks nothing of abusing his political authority to degrade women and girl comrades’.
Proceedings then descended into farce. The Redgrave faction tried to expel Banda. And Banda expelled the Redgraves.
Blaming MI5 propaganda for Healy’s downfall, Vanessa and Corin left the WRP and named their breakaway faction ‘The Marxist Party’.
So now there were two parties, each with its own newspaper and each fighting for control of the party’s £1.5 million war chest — much of it donated by Libya, Iraq and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
Banda described Vanessa’s new Party as a ‘bogus WRP, bereft of all credibility, detested and reviled by the vast majority of members’.
…..(Fast-forward to the present)…
She did, however, have a string of new causes: among them, opposition to the Iraq war, defending human rights in Chechnya and demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay. For once, however, her views have been in tune with a substantial section of the middle classes.
Many leftists find it hard to understand why Vanessa Redgrave has been allowed to pontificate in the mainstream media – as she does – about any issue to do with human rights at all.
More from the Daily Mail, the leftist’s friend, Here.
Bob Pitt gave a detailed and important account of the WRP’s history in full some time ago – here.
It remains worth reading.
On the facts related above Pit says,
The final nail in Healy’s political coffin was the eruption of a sexual scandal centring on his corrupt relations with women comrades. Read the rest of this entry »