The author's personal warmth and humour shine through this beautifully written book. On the positive side, Mr. Dash reveals himself as a courageous man, who always put the best interests of dock employees first. The kind of man you want behind you when things go pear-shaped at work! He had many creative ideas for raising the profile of the union in his workplace. I have put some of these, such as the production of a Branch newsletter into practice where I work. Thanks for the tip, Jack!
Mr Dash makes many trenchant criticisms of capitalism, all of which are still relevant today. His main blind spot, however, is his support for the Soviet Union. Yes, I know that it is easy for me to be wise after the event, but that country's moral deficiencies were well known in the West by the time Dash wrote 'Good Morning Brothers!' As well as being a moral blind spot, his political position made it easier for the dockers' opponents to write them all off as Communists clamouring for higer pay; if fact a range of political perspectives were reprensented amongst the London Dock Labour Force.
A second criticism I would make is of his patriarchal view of women. He praises working class wives for not resorting to nannies and boarding schools, but for cooking, cleaning, darning, mending, sewing and minding the kids. It is when he mentions helping with the household chores that his writing assumes a rare note of self-congratulation. So an enjoyable and inspiring read, if one that reveals the author's (understandable given era) moral shortcomings.