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Jules Alford

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Jules was born improbably in Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1964 when his 17 year old mother went to the General Hospital there to deliver her son. It was the only occasion he visited. His young father was a centre-lathe turner and denizen of South West London’s snooker halls before he eloped with his mother. His extended working class family lived in Barnes and Sheen – both his father and mother came from homes gently rocked by passing trains. Jules’s parents left London before he started walking. When he was 3 years old he had a vivid epiphany while crawling on a bright green lawn under a blue summer sky: he had no future, there was only darkness as though a great stone had been rolled into place barring the threshold of life. Jules has crawled on his belly in life like most. When he was 9 years old he moved to a new life on a council estate in a West Midlands new town. This was life peculiarly uncanny and banal, occulted and transparent – far from the centre and its own fulcrum. When he was 18 years old Jules became a socialist and a Marxist quite by accident, in an age when the socialist sea of faith had long been in retreat and theory and practice was cleft. In May 1984 when he was 19 years old he left the Young Communist League for the SWP. It seems the 1984-85 Miner’s Strike has been his life’s true north. In the stony years since then he has passed time in a succession of socialist groups and none. Jules is a libertarian communist and a founder member of the IS Network. He lives on Merseyside with his young family.

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