By Anthony Seldon, Kevin Hickson

We're continuously instructed that New Labour kinds an old departure from the traditions of the Labour celebration. This publication, written by means of a exclusive number of lecturers and commentators, presents the main designated comparability but of outdated and new Labour in energy. it's also the 1st to provide a entire research of the final Labour govt ahead of the increase of Thatcher and the re-emergence of the Labour celebration lower than Tony Blair's management. It finds a lot concerning the heritage of the Labour celebration in addition to supplying a much-needed context from which to pass judgement on the present govt.

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96. Entry for 21 January 1974. , ‘Socialism Now’, in Leonard, D. ), Socialism Now and Other Essays (Cape, London, 1975), p. 29. 27 Butler, D. , The British General Election of October 1974 (Macmillan, London, 1975), p. 291. , Aneurin Bevan, vol. 2, 1945–1960 (Davis-Poynter, London, 1973), p. 645. Foot entitles chapter 16 of his biography dealing with the years 1958–60, ‘The Meretricious Society’. 29 Foot, Bevan, 1945–1960, p. 626. , Office Without Power: Diaries 1968–72 (Hutchinson, London, 1988), p.

30 It was indeed what Crosland believed. He, together with others on the right, welcomed affluence rather than repudiating it. Indeed in his revisionist bible, The Future of Socialism, first published in 1956, Crosland had railed against the puritanism which had for so long appeared to be part of the Labour ethic. ’ Labour, Crosland believed, should welcome, rather than being suspicious of, rising living standards, a greater variety of consumer goods, social fluidity, and a lessening of the restraints on sexual behaviour.

5 Cited in Taylor, The Trade Union Question in British Politics, p. 226. , Final Term: The Labour Government 1974–76 (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1979), p. 43. 7 Castle, Diaries 1974–1976, p. 20. Entry for 4 January 1974. , A Life at the Centre (Macmillan, London, 1991), p. 364. , A Strange and Eventful History: Democratic Socialism in Britain (HarperCollins, London, paperback edition 2000), p. 433. , Inside the Treasury 1974–79 (André Deutsch, London, 1982), p. 15. , The Life and Times of Ernest Bevin, vol.

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