"For all its brutalities and failures, communism in the Soviet Union, eastern Europe and elsewhere delivered rapid industrialisation, mass education, job security and huge advances in social and gender equality...Its existence helped to drive up welfare standards in the west, boosted the anticolonial movement and provided a powerful counterweight to western global domination." Seamus Milne, the British Labour Party's Executive Director of Strategy and Communications.Please discuss, making reference to the value of social and gender equality, freedom of expression and movement and property rights.
Seamus Milne was educated at Winchester, where he stood in a mock election in 1974 as the Maoist Party candidate, and Balliol. His father, Alasdair Milne, was Director General of the BBC. He began his career, in what in Russia was the Brezhnev era, as a contributor to the British Communist Party publication, Straight Left.