Tuesday 20 February 2018

Colossus

• Mark Lawler and John Gallagher state that George Bernard Shaw was a true Irish colossus (Letters, June 2).

There's no doubting Shaw was a clever man, but he also had a soft spot for tyrants; he hailed Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini as the world's great 'progressive' leaders, because they 'did things', unlike the leaders of those 'putrefying corpses' called parliamentary democracies.

Arriving back following a visit to the Soviet Union in the 1930s, Shaw announced: "I've seen tomorrow and it works", and went on to robustly defend the Soviet regime, including its use of the secret police.

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