Basil Risbridger DAVIDSON, alias Basil CRAIG: British. A Communist sympathizer. An...
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Basil Risbridger DAVIDSON, alias Basil CRAIG: British. A Communist sympathizer. An influential and prolific Journalist and author with a particular interest in the developing world, latterly Africa, DAVIDSON was an active member of various Communist-dominated or -influenced organisations, a member of the Writers' Group of the Communist Party and a close associate of leading Party members. Although the bias of his numerous press articles and books was consistently left-wing and anti-Imperialist /Colonial, DAVIDSON was never formally a member of the Party, probably because he could not accept the discipline this would have imposed. Thus, for instance, he took a strongly critical and independent line on the Soviet intervention in Hungary in 1956
|Note:||Serial 314a: row in Parliament about DAVIDSON's prohibited immigrant status in British colonies. Serial 321a: assessment of DAVIDSON's Communist Party affiliation|
|Date:||1950 Jan 24 - 1960 May 01|
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department||PF 603670 VOL 8|
|Legal status:||Public Record|
|Access conditions:||Retained Until 2012|
|Record opening date:||17 February 2012|