His Majesty's Opposition: Structure and Problems of the British Labour Party, 1931-1938

His Majesty's Opposition: Structure and Problems of the British Labour Party, 1931-1938

His Majesty's Opposition: Structure and Problems of the British Labour Party, 1931-1938

His Majesty's Opposition: Structure and Problems of the British Labour Party, 1931-1938

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In the life-history of a great political party there are five natural divisions or chapters: the first deals with its origin; the second, with the period between organization and advent to power; the third, with its experiences while in power; the fourth with its experiences while in opposition; the fifth, with the causes and circumstances of its dissolution.

A. D. MORSE, Parties and Paro Leaders, p. 25.

THIS is a study of the structure and problems of the Labour Party from 1931 through 1937, a period of six years as His Majesty's Opposition in Parliament. The origin and growth of the Party have been sketched briefly in the introductory chapter. Primarily, however, I have been concerned with examining the Labour organization and its record since the General Election of 1931.

Americans of progressive leanings long have admired the British Labour Party rather overcreduously. Like many of my countrymen I have been curious about this Party which vaulted from a humble beginning to national office within a single generation. As a student of American Parties I was anxious to observe a major Party machine built without those twin evils of our politics, the spoils system 'and financing by the wealthy.

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