A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, July 10, 2006

El Tom has put this quote from Bevan about Morrison on his site (http://www.newerlabour.blogspot.com/):

"He (Morrison) is the wrong man to be Home Secretary. He has for many years the witch-finder of the Labour Party. He has been the smeller-out of evil spirits in the Labour Party for years. He built up his reputation by selecting people in the Labour Party for expulsion and suppression. He is not a man to be entrusted with these powers because, however suave his utterance, his spirit is really intolerant. I say with all seriousness and earnestness that I am deeply ashamed that a member of the Labour Party should be an instrument of this sort of thing. How can we call on the people of this country and speak about liberty if the Government are doing all they can to undermine it? The Government are seeking to suppress their critics. The only way for the Government to meet their critics is to redress the wrongs from which the people are suffering and to put their policy right. "

I'm putting it on here as it shows what a great man Herbert M - who was both MP and Mayor for Hackney - was that he wound up Bevan so much.

I prefer this quote from Morrison: 'Socialism is what a Labour government does'

Plus ca change ...


Blogger El Dave. said...

"Socialism is what a Labour government does"?

Maybe then... I think calling the current Labour administration socialist is just wrong. That is neither a good thing nor a bad thing; the word socialist just doesn't effectively describe New Labour.

If Labour wants to go for socialism - Bevanism, Bennism, whatever - let it go for it. If it doesn't, fine, but it doesn't have to pretend to be something it's not.

6:12 pm, July 10, 2006

Blogger Welsh Spin said...

What the definition lacks in precision, in Luke's view presumably, it more than makes up for in convenience. Bit like not so new anymore Clause 4 ...

10:22 pm, July 10, 2006

Blogger El Tom said...

if a labour government built concentratio camps, would that be socialist?

4:44 pm, July 13, 2006

Blogger El Tom said...

concentration camps. um. bloody spanish keyboard.

4:44 pm, July 13, 2006

Blogger El Tom said...

The question to answer...

11:46 pm, July 17, 2006


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