This is Upsetting

I look forward to Thursday because that is when the new issue of The Weekly Worker, published by the Communist Party of Great Britain, appears online.

Yesterday it did not go up. I can't tell if they are taking a break or if it's the result of another attack on the site. In any case, it gave me a chance to catch up on an article from the previous issue that I had not seen. It discusses some recent internal discussions of the CPGB, and includes the following passage high in the report:

Some comrades in internal discussion have raised the possibility of a change in emphasis in our paper - it has been suggested that perhaps we are concentrating too much on reporting on and polemicising against other sections of the left, or at least that we ought to state more clearly and more often the reasons for this concentration.
Now this is most troubling. I want to be perfectly clear. It is not possible for The Weekly Worker to "concentrat[e] too much on reporting on and polemicising against other sections of the left." That is the main reason -- often it is the only reason -- why anyone actually reads the Worker.

Of course I'm also interested in things such as the occasional article by Lars Lih or Hillel Ticktin, and the book reviews are sometimes interesting. But you can find such material elsewhere. They are not the reason to look forward to Thursday. And in saying this it is simply not possible that I am speaking for myself alone.

Comrades of the CPGB, you do not need "to state more clearly and more often the reasons for this concentration." We get it. Really, we do. In the words of Dirk Diggler, "Everyone has one special thing." You should be proud of this and not self-conscious about it.
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