Comrade Josef Skala from the Prague branch of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) gave two insightful talks this weekend (15-16 June 2019), the first in Birmingham on Saturday evening, and the second in central London on Sunday.
In his talks to members of the CPGB-ML, Dr Skala recalled his youth in socialist Czechoslovakia and described the vast social and cultural progress which the Czech people made under socialism. A huge growth in the Czech economy, a twelve-fold increase in production in the years following the Nazi occupation, the building up of the Czech machine tool industry and the fraternal assistance rendered by the Soviet Union in the post-war years were all topics of interest and lively discussion. It was notable, said Dr Skala, that meat consumption in the Czech Republic has yet to return to the levels reached before the ‘Velvet revolution’ and the GDP of the country took 15 years to recover to the levels it attained before the counter revolution.
Josef Skala joined the Communist party a few days after turning 18 in the fateful year of 1968. His talk on the ‘Prague Spring’ delivered in London will be made available on the CPGB-ML youtube account in due course. In a long and distinguished political life Dr Skala acted as the President of the International Union of Students, in which capacity he met Fidel Castro and Muammar Gaddafi, amongst other revolutionary leaders, as well as traitors such as Mikhail Gorbachev. A well-read, multi-lingual worker-theoretician, he continues to write, teach and play an active role defending the honour of his homeland and the revolutionary teachings of Marxism-Leninism.