[oh come on Paul your a sensible fella you know fine well why people could find Ian Bones self promotion annoying.
What motivates madashell, revol, is the genuine hatred (and I use the word deliberately) some older AF members have for Class War. That's why we get the unsubstantiated comments about hero worship and the annoyance at what is in fact a pretty pedestrian interview.
As far as I'm aware no one from CW has kicked sand in madashell's face or stolen any AF member's lunch money - instead CW is never to be forgiven by some people for however briefly breaking out of the Anarchist ghetto. Ian, having been part of something similar with MA'M, Alarm and the Bristolian, is particularly despised. He's not even a "proper" anarchist, and his book is in WH Smiths!
I first came across this hatred as a young pup on one of the Criminal Justice Bill demonstrations in 1994, when I naively approached an AF stall in Trafalgar Square. Not wanting to sell Class War when I could be in the pub, I reached an agreement with an even younger pup in the AF - they would take my papers and we would split the money 50/50.
I got talking to someone for a few mintes and was then treated to the bizarre sight of ------N returning to the AF stall, abusing all and sundry for having the CW papers on there "Who the fucking hell put those there" was about the nicest thing he said, not realising I was standing with my back to him!
For what it's worth, I don't think I have met anyone in CW who hero worshipped Ian Bone. Indeed Ian has not been a member of CWF since 1993, and we both seem to get on OK without the other. Personally, I think Ian is probably the best political writer of his generation, and indeed one of the best writers I have read (even his Total Football columns 10 years ago were side splitting) but that is my personal, subjective opinion, and I don't expect others to share it.
I think anyone involved in revolutionary politics will gain something from reading his book, and I hope activists are not put off by other people's bitterness.