Brits still in the dark

It was there that Solidarity, a highly effective civil resistance movement, sat down at a round table with communist officials and hammered out a transition to free elections and a multiparty democracy. After Solidarity then went on to win the June 1989 elections, it provided the basis for a new government, formed in August, headed by a non-communist prime minister. Such a transition away from Communist Party rule had never happened before.

via Adam Roberts: The peaceful revolution of 1989 – Commentators, Opinion – The Independent.

Timothy Garton Ash: Poland has made a humiliating farce out of dealing with its red ghosts | Comment is free | The Guardian

Red Ghosts Haunt Eastern Europe by Eric Margolis

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