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At a meeting in London on 13th March a couple of hecklers were attacking John McDonnell for being a member of the Labour Party. Veteran trade unionist Harry Whittaker answered them in his typically forthright Scottish manner. He said: “What would a working man do if he had spent years building himself a house only to find it had become infested by rats? Would he give up his home and move elsewhere, leaving the house completely in the control of the rats? Of course not! He would never give in to the rats; he would fight them and he would not rest until he had rid his house of the last vestige of this verminous infestation. And this is exactly the same course of action which the true socialist must take with the House of Labour."