Ken Coates is dead

by Chris Bertram on June 30, 2010

Ken Coates, a very significant figure in the history of the British left, has died. The Guardian has an obituary.



Andrew Coates 06.30.10 at 11:16 am

Yes he was far more important than people who are not part of the labour movement’s left realise.

I have written a Euology:


Chris Williams 06.30.10 at 12:25 pm

Damnit. My first experience with the politics of grown-ups was (a long way after I formally became one myself) helping with Coates’ attempt to get back into Strasbourg after he was booted out of the Labour Party for being a socialist. It didn’t work, and even at the time I don’t think that he was serious about winning, but I was impressed by the guy’s massive reserves of decency and honesty.

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