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Speaking from Experience

“Past Labour governments have always worked within the limits set by market forces (as when the cabinet capitulated to the International Monetary Fund in 1976): have always supported nuclear weapons (as when Callaghan authorised the Chevaline without telling parliament): and have regularly confronted trade unionism (as with rigid wage policies)…
We must add . . . a clear recognition that the Labour Party is not — and probably never was — a socialist party, and its individual members do not decide its policy, nor are its election pledges apparently meant to be taken seriously”.

—Tony Benn, former Labour cabinet Minister and present member of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee, writing in The Independent. 17 May 1989.