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Tankie is a term which originally meant a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) who followed the party line of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), agreeing with the crushing of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and later the Prague Spring of 1968 by Soviet tanks; or more broadly, those who followed a traditional pro-Soviet or Stalinist position. More recently it has seen a less specific use of the term, referring to hardline authoritarian or Marxist–Leninist positions on the left.

More pejoratively, in 2014, Boris Johnson referred to Jeremy Corbyn and the left wing of the Labour party as "tankies and trots".

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