Oops. Yes, ‘Charlies’ is a typo. Thanks for spotting. Have corrected.
As for ‘tanky’, though, this is actually correct. Ahem. From the Oxford Dictionary of modern slang:
2: A member of the former British Communist Party who supported hardline (esp. interventionist) Soviet policies; usu. in pl. (1985 —) .
Guardian The New Communist Party of Britain…has issued this guidance to the world’s press. ‘Please do not describe the NCP as “Stalinists” or “Tankies” ‘ (1988).
[From tank noun + -y; from the use of Soviet tanks to put down uprisings.]
And thanks also for your kind words re blog. Much appreciated. As for your wondering: yes, me too. This is the saddest thing of all, no?