ABSTRACT

In view of the NLF’s activities, it is worth while emphasising that it was al-Asnaj, nevertheless, who stood in the political lime-light. In the British Labour Government’s view, al-Asnaj seemed to be the key man in Aden’s politics. The PSP seemed to be efficiently organised, nationalist and opposed to the British, but it was also open to political discussions and was not a terrorist body. It controlled the powerful ATUC and enjoyed far-reaching contacts with Arab, British and Eastern-bloc organisations. If, as mentioned above, Trevaskis thought that al-Asnaj viewed himself as a new Makarios, in Bowyer-Bell’s opinion the British government perceived him as a new Nkrumah, who, when necessary would be able to control the leadership and to prevent bloodshed. 1