By Henry Pelling (auth.)
This textual content presents an introductory account of the Labour get together from its beginning. It not just covers the interval as much as and together with the election of Neil Kinnock because the chief of the Labour occasion but in addition concentrates at the difficulties of the parliamentary leadership.
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Its contributors were all rebels of one sort or another, but not necessarily Syndicalists or even Socialists. They included many able men, for instance, G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, the cartoonist Will Dyson, and the young Oxford don G. D. H. Cole, who evolved the idea of Guild Socialism as a sort of compromise between parliamentary action and the popular desire for workers' control of industry. The Herald, though perpetually in danger of financial collapse, was much more interesting than the official Labour newspaper, the Daily Citize11, which, sponsored by the Labour Party and the T.
But by then it was too late : for the 'leader' as he had become benefited from the sturdy loyalty of the trade unionists, who gave him the same trust as they themselves would have expected from the rank and file of a trade union during an industrial strike. The example was set by Henderson and by Clynes himself, who both recognised MacDonald's exceptional parliamentary abilities and served him without rancour. MacDonald was fully conscious of the character of his task, and of the fact that he was in a completely different position from any earlier chairman of the parliamentary party.
A further result of Syndicalism was that an interesting daily labour newspaper called the Herald came into existence. P. Its contributors were all rebels of one sort or another, but not necessarily Syndicalists or even Socialists. They included many able men, for instance, G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, the cartoonist Will Dyson, and the young Oxford don G. D. H. Cole, who evolved the idea of Guild Socialism as a sort of compromise between parliamentary action and the popular desire for workers' control of industry.
A Short History of the Labour Party by Henry Pelling (auth.)