Bevin and Co.: The Leaders of British Labour

Bevin and Co.: The Leaders of British Labour

Bevin and Co.: The Leaders of British Labour

Bevin and Co.: The Leaders of British Labour

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The British Labour Party is a unique institution, and neither its character nor its functioning can easily be understood by those who have not lived its life from within. That is why I think the American reader of Mrs. Strauss's book will find it of exceptional interest.

I do not myself agree with all its judgments. But, reading its pages, I felt again and again that I was listening to one of those arguments which go on year in and year out in every Labour Party Committee room I know. This is to say that Mrs. Strauss has, in my view, caught admirably the spirit of the Party in operation, and her reader will be able to "feel" its habit of mind in a way and to a degree that only too often escapes the fuller, above all, the more academic treatise.

One point is worth emphasising. I have just read her book after taking a series of Party Conferences in the North and the Midlands. I am confident, after that experience, of two things. First, that the determination of the Bournemouth Conference to make an end of Hitlerism is stronger in the Party today even than it was in 1940; and . . .

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