More from the good old days
The next chapter in "The Road to Brighton Pier" takes us to the Labour Party Conference debate in the aftermath of the 1955 election defeat.
Harold Wilson moves a report on organisation which says the CLPs are not up to scratch when it comes to campaigning and the central party machine was "a penny-farthing in the jet age".
Bevan lays into this report by his former ally denouncing it as organisational response to a political problem. Labour lost, he says, because it was not socialist enough to inspire its activists and core vote.
Now where have I heard that before?
All this was conducted in a secret "closed" session to bypass a party rulebook ban on personal attacks on other members.
Except the conference organisers being part of the "penny-farthing" machine they neglected to notice the hall was not soundproof so all the journalists turfed out of the hall listened to the "private" session and transcribed it word for word whilst huddled round the ventilation ducts and open windows.