Waguih Ghali gives us an interesting explanation of why the Left supports Nasser in his 1964 novel Beer in the Snooker Club :
We all drank beer in pints. Edna had already explained that if I were offered a beer in England, I must buy a round later on. I enjoyed carrying the glasses to the bar and saying:
'Four pints of bitter, please.'
'Brenda,' I asked, 'are you really a member of the Communist party?'
'Really?' she smiled. 'Yes, I am. I have been since I was fifteen.'
'What do you think of Nasser?'
'Here's to Nasser,' she said and drank her beer.
'And yet,' I said, 'how can you drink to the health of someone who imprisons communists?'
She didn't hesitate: 'I drink to anyone who deals imperialism a blow.'
'That's typical! That's why I left the Party. Harry Pollit tells you to support Nasser, so you do.'
'John dear, I know precisely why you left the Party.' She possessed a type of calm reminiscent of Edna.
'I gave the correct reason for leaving the Party.'
'Correct, but not true.'
'Ha! You make a difference between correct and true? Exactly why I left the Party. The ''correct'' tactics and propaganda had nothing to do with the truth.'