Only a handful of people possess copies of the entire Economic League’s North West blacklist. The original was handed to the two founding members of League Watch – a campaigning group that monitored the Economic League (EL) – by an EL regional director turned whistleblower. That was some 30 years back. The actor Ricky Tomlinson, who appeared in a Ken Loach film, in the TV soap Brookside and in the TV series The Royle Family, has a printed copy of that list and on Channel 4 News on 8 August, he produced it with a flourish, inviting anyone who believes they are on it to contact him. It was an electrifying moment that the Channel 4 News team failed to fully appreciate.
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