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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The good old days pt 3

The book I've been reading about Labour in the '50s (see previous posts) had a happy ending.

Nye Bevan patched up his differences with the new leader Gaitskell and served him loyally in the Shadow Cabinet.

He went on to alienate his "Bevanite" left supporters by arguing for the H-bomb, abandoning his commitment to nationalisation, and denouncing Tribune's tactics.

Who can imagine any of the current "I've suddenly discovered I was on the left all along" deputy leadership candidates letting down their ardent young radical supporters in such a way?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

1950s - Happy Ending???

You seem not have mentioned we lost the 1959 General Election.

9:07 am, February 28, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

The book I'm reading was written in 1957!

9:22 am, February 28, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel was right though. There was no happy ending. Neither will there be a happy ending for Labour in the noughties.

11:27 am, February 28, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that Daniel Blaney as in Daniel "Michael Meacher's only supporter in the whole country" Blaney?

12:05 pm, February 28, 2007


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