8th January

In January 1935 he was thinking sardonically about politics. In a letter to the writer Christopher Isherwood, who was more enthusiastic about emerging left-wing ideas, he said 'I can’t be a communist because I can’t apply my mind to communism’. At the time Forster was involved in considering a 'Charter’ of rights ('free speech free thought and free assemblage’) for the British Empire: 'Substitute 'f’ for 'ch’ is my own thought, but even thus amended the charter will not carry far, for it has no guts behind it.' (Source: Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, ed. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (London: Collins, 1983-1985), letter of 16 January 1935)

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