The English Case

April 1981
National Review;4/17/1981, Vol. 33 Issue 7, p404
The article deals with the split in the British Labor Party which resulted into a breakaway Social Democratic Party in 1981. This development represents a split between socialism and democracy, a split between those who put socialism first and those who put democracy first, and it further suggests that the two, finally, are incompatible. The Labor Party's left wing realizes that socialism cannot be imposed by democratic means. Thus, they have devised a strategy of making an end-run around parliament, of short-circuiting representative government. The socialist democrats have their main priorities straight, they belong to the west, and by insisting on representative constitutional government they may have dealt a mortal theoretical wound to the socialist imposition.


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