On 21 August 1968, the armed forces of the Soviet Union and three of its Warsaw Pact allies invaded Czechoslovakia, putting an end to the “Prague Spring”.
My uncle George, the second husband of the Old Man’s sister, was a crypto-Marxist. At first, he refused to believe that any such invasion had taken place, and was convinced that all the media coverage of the invasion was capitalist propaganda.
My aunt, his wife, did not agree with him.
Subsequently, uncle George accepted that the invasion of Czechoslovakia had taken place, but he still believed that communism would eventually establish justice in every part of the world. “This thing is changing all the time. When it [takes control] here, it’ll be like an enlightened Labour government.”