This speech by Nadezhda Krupskaya indicates her understanding that the opposition led by Trotsky in the Russian Communist Party was criticising isolated negative phenomena in Soviet society and falsely generalising from them while ignoring the building up of a socialist society. The opposition had no roots in the masses. She regarded the arguments of the opposition as largely, nine-tenths, composed of ‘squabbling’. She reminded the plenum that Lenin considered that no organisation was possible without a relentless struggle against the degeneration of disputes into bickering, gossip and squabbling. As is known Krupskaya was briefly close to the, non-Trotskyist, opposition in 1925. In this speech she refers to the need for unity in the party around the Central Committee headed by Stalin.Click here to return to the April 2014 index.