Ann Marcial is part of the editorial team at Critical Mass. She was a founding member of Creating Socialism.
She descended into socialism from the age of 21. Survived Thatcher and the threat of nuclear war. Became a union activist, ending up as a Convenor. Retired to a Caribbean island to run a friends B&B.
She weathered a scary existence and among other things became a political campaign manager and wrote comedy which she says were “very similar roles”. She married a comedian, returned to England then followed Corbyn.
|Which book do you think all socialists should read?||Karl Marx quotes|
|What was the most important event in the history of socialism?||Jeremy Corbyn being elected as leader of the Labour Party|
|Who would you rate as the outstanding political leader of your generation?||Fidel Castro|
|Which film should socialists watch?||Cathy Come Home|
|Which single political event was most instrumental in your political development?||Election of Margaret Thatcher as Tory PM|
|With which historical socialist do you most identify?||Barbara Castle|
|Which single reform could make capitalism work?||Taxing the rich.|
|Have you ever been on strike, if so, did you win?||Yes, several times, no not really there were compromises|
|Do you think we can get socialism through the ballot box?||No!|
|What do you do when you are not doing politics?||Advocacy, comedy, Theatre and time with friends. Also, my role as a Trustee keeps me busy.|
|Do you ever feel like giving up politically and why don’t you?||No, I always find that extra bit of enthusiasm to keep going. It’s in my blood and I don’t want to let future generations down.|
|Are you an optimist or a pessimist when you think of the future for the left?||Optimist|
|Is socialism inevitable?||No|