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Lab-Lib: A Rabble

There is an old saying that if you lie down with a dog you get up with fleas. No doubt it has dawned on the leaders of the Liberal Party that the idea of projecting themselves as an alternative government to the Labourites and Tories is a non-starter. With thirteen MPs and a discredited minority government, their only way to power is through the side door.

50 Years Ago: When disaster strikes

When a train crash occurs and there are many killed public sympathy is instantly aroused.

As soon as the first announcements are made and the newspapers start to convey the story to every street corner, the chief topic of conversation becomes the disaster. Everybody is expressing sorrow and saying how terrible the whole thing is. The recent treble train crash at Harrow and Wealdstone, like all similar accidents, did not only bring forth verbal expressions of sorrow, but also many acts of humanity, self-sacrifice and social feeling. Rescuers worked day and night. In some instances people collapsed from fatigue, so desperate was the task of freeing trapped passengers.

People from nearby houses tore up bed linen to provide bandages for the injured, many made their homes available to accommodate people with relatives in hospital.

The Osborne Judgment: Why Socialists do not demand its reversal

Chopping and Changing
Mr. Ramsay MacDonald tells us that the reversal of the Osborne Judgment is to have first and last place in the Labour Party “platform” at the imminent electoral contests. In the by-election at Walthamstow the question is kept well to the front by the labourites, while the party, after its characteristic humbugging manner, has begun a campaign with the object of reawakening working-class and other interest, of raising funds, and advancing of its new programme – its precious “Right to Work” Bill meanwhile taking a back seat.

On the other hand we find a great many workers – and trade unionists to boot – following the lead of the Daily Express and its kind, who protest that they “wouldn’t mind supporting a genuine Labour party but we are not going to pay for Socialists in Parliament”. All this topsy-turvydom is very pitiful, but more provocative of curses than of mirth.

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