The first reason for this should hardly need saying, but it does. Communism was a malign doctrine, responsible for murder and oppression on a vast scale. Brought up the son of victims of the Nazis and the Communists, I wasn’t raised to spend my time distinguishing between their crimes, and I don’t. Such distinctions quickly descend into counting bodies, in a macabre calculation of evil. So why should the fellow travellers of fascism be considered pariahs, while those of communism are regarded as liberals who spent too long in the student union coffee bar and became a little overheated, poor dears?