Sunday, 5 January 2020
Profile of Dr Dermot Hudson leader of UK KFA and the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea
UK KFA over the Coming Months will be publishing profiles or pen portraits of leading activists and why they joined
We start with Dr Dermot Hudson chairman of UK KFA , Official delegate of the KFA for the UK and chairman of the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea
I first became interested in People’s Korea in the early 1980s when I was looking for an alternative model of socialism as I was shocked by the sellouts by some socialist countries(such as the USSR and Hungary )at the time which did things like joining the IMF and opening a Pepsi Cola plant on their soil . I first read a publication from the DPRK in the autumn of 1983 and then was lucky to acquire some second-hand books from the DPRK in 1985 which included the works of President Kim Il Sung . I was immediately impressed by the content and also impressed by the DPRK’s independence , its anti-imperialist stand , high economic growth rate and social services and benefits . I became a follower of the Juche Idea in 1985 and formed a Juche Idea Study Group with my friends .
My first trip to the DPRK was in 1992 and I have been to the DPRK 18 times .I was impressed , and am still impressed each time I visit the clean streets of the DPRK , the lack of homeless or beggars and the high level of social equality as well the DPRK’s adherence to real socialist principles .
I joined the Korean Friendship Association in 2001 after previously been involved with the old Britain-Korea Friendship Committee , British Committee for Supporting Korea’s Reunification and the Society for Friendship with Korea of the UK. To me KFA was a real breath of fresh air with its militant slogan ‘Defend the D P R Korea’ and its use of the internet for spreading the truth about People’s Korea . There is no half-heartedness with KFA , it is 100 per cent support for the DPRK .
KFA International meetings are always great .
Outside of my work for the DPRK I have other interests such as walking , classic 60s and 70s Dr Who , windmills , old disused railways and I am an Alan Partridge fan .