Book reveals true story of Coun Derique Montaut

Derique Montant has written a book about his life called Any Colour (So Long As It’s Red)

Derique Montant has written a book about his life called Any Colour (So Long As It’s Red) Buy this photo

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A LONG-serving Swindon councillor is writing a candid account of his life story, which includes housing an IRA supergrass, organising mass strikes and upsetting Neil Kinnock.

Coun Derique Montaut is recounting his journey from growing up amid the decline of the Raj in India to his entry into trade union politics, which led to a career at the town hall.

Coun Montaut (Lab, Liden, Elden & Park South), who has more than 30 years’ experience as a councillor, begins with an unnerving description of a body dangling from a tree in the Madras slums. But his upbringing in a mini-mansion with his father, an army officerwas not an obvious starting point for a boy who would become a militant Marxist.

“The question is who is the real Derique Montaut?,” the veteran activist said.

“I wrote the book for my family so future generations can find out about my life.

“I have documented how I was brought up in a mixed-race dynasty before arriving in this country and becoming involved in militant activities which included commanding mass strikes in one of Britain’s industries.

“I also wanted to remind my family who they are.”

Coun Montaut took a job at the then Pressed Steel car plant in Swindon during the 1960s, becoming boss of the factory’s union and remaining convenor for a quarter of a century.

The former Labour group leader, also tells how he worried for the safety of his family and Swindon residents when, as the council’s chair of housing and health in the 1980s, the town housed an IRA supergrass for the RUC.

Coun Montaut was made to swear a vow of secrecy but details of the arrangement later appeared in a national newspaper under the title: “Thamesdown – a safe place for supergrasses.”

Coun Montaut also tells how Neil Kinnock beat a diplomatic retreat on a visit to the Oasis Leisure Centre when he lectured the then Labour leader on his failings.

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11:04pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Empty Car Park says...

OMG!

Oliver will have a field day
OMG! Oliver will have a field day Empty Car Park
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12:27am Wed 21 Nov 12

Bimbosforjustice says...

HE IS IN THE PAPER AGAIN P*SS OFF AND DO SOME WORK
HE IS IN THE PAPER AGAIN P*SS OFF AND DO SOME WORK Bimbosforjustice
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8:29am Wed 21 Nov 12

The Real Librarian says...

Loving the idea that future generations will care about a Netto Red Robbo

All they have to do is google him and see a sucession of non stories in the adver where Derek is frony and centre on the photos.

The last time I spoke to him he was considering running as Labour PCC candidate. How did that work out Derek?
Loving the idea that future generations will care about a Netto Red Robbo All they have to do is google him and see a sucession of non stories in the adver where Derek is frony and centre on the photos. The last time I spoke to him he was considering running as Labour PCC candidate. How did that work out Derek? The Real Librarian
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11:03am Wed 21 Nov 12

I 2 Could B says...

Sure to top The Sunday Times Best Seller list this Christmas.

“The question is who is the real Derique Montaut?”

As I understand it, answering that question truthfully would lead to an immediate ban from this website.
Sure to top The Sunday Times Best Seller list this Christmas. [quote] “The question is who is the real Derique Montaut?” [/quote] As I understand it, answering that question truthfully would lead to an immediate ban from this website. I 2 Could B
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11:47am Wed 21 Nov 12

Peter Mallinson says...

Derique is trying to do something that he believes in, it is harmless so why not let him get on with it.

Good luck to you Derique.
Derique is trying to do something that he believes in, it is harmless so why not let him get on with it. Good luck to you Derique. Peter Mallinson
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3:33pm Wed 21 Nov 12

The Real Librarian says...

Peter Mallinson wrote:
Derique is trying to do something that he believes in, it is harmless so why not let him get on with it. Good luck to you Derique.
I believe in heckling from the cheap seats. Why not let me get on with it!
[quote][p][bold]Peter Mallinson[/bold] wrote: Derique is trying to do something that he believes in, it is harmless so why not let him get on with it. Good luck to you Derique.[/p][/quote]I believe in heckling from the cheap seats. Why not let me get on with it! The Real Librarian
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10:43pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Empty Car Park says...

Whoops!

Desecration in the ranks
Whoops! Desecration in the ranks Empty Car Park
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1:41pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Peter Mallinson says...

Go ahead then if it keeps you happy, TRL.

I am sure Derique can handle the heckling, especialy from "the cheap seats".
Go ahead then if it keeps you happy, TRL. I am sure Derique can handle the heckling, especialy from "the cheap seats". Peter Mallinson
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1:41pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Peter Mallinson says...

Go ahead then if it keeps you happy, TRL.

I am sure Derique can handle the heckling, especialy from "the cheap seats".
Go ahead then if it keeps you happy, TRL. I am sure Derique can handle the heckling, especialy from "the cheap seats". Peter Mallinson
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4:54pm Thu 22 Nov 12

I 2 Could B says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Whoops!

Desecration in the ranks
Hi Jase, what did you intend to mean by the above?
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Whoops! Desecration in the ranks[/p][/quote]Hi Jase, what did you intend to mean by the above? I 2 Could B
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8:35pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Empty Car Park says...

Not so bright then Oliver
Not so bright then Oliver Empty Car Park
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