The Future of British Socialism?

The Future of British Socialism?

In 1932 R. H. Tawney published an article in which he reflected upon the events of the previous year: the collapse of the Labour government and the massive electoral defeat of the Labour party in which it lost 235 seats, with 30.8 percent of the polls and 52 seats as against the National government’s 67.2 percent and 554 seats. Tawney called his article “The Choice Before the Labour Party.” The party, he declared, needed “a little cold realism” now it had “an interval in which to meditate on its errors.” His verdict on the late government was “pernicious anaemia producing general futility.”

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