Download e-book for kindle: Labour in Crisis: Clement Attlee and the Labour Party in by John Swift

By John Swift

ISBN-10: 023059980X

ISBN-13: 9780230599802

ISBN-10: 1349420786

ISBN-13: 9781349420780

This is a learn of the improvement of Clement Attlee and the Labour social gathering from the cave in of the second one Labour govt in August 1931, to their access into Churchill's coalition in might 1940. it truly is an exam of ways Labour grew to become necessary to the potent prosecution of the conflict, and the way Attlee emerged from relative obscurity to develop into a valuable determine within the battle Cabinet.

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The Conservative Government, in fact, appointed the Simon Commission, of which Attlee was a member, in 1927, to forestall the India and Imperial Affairs, 1931–5 41 possibility of a Labour Government conducting this inquiry. The Commission found that dyarchy, without the support of nationalists, had failed to work, and therefore concluded that in British India there should be an extension of provincial self-government, in which dyarchy would lapse. But the Commission also held that executive powers should remain in British hands at the centre, and that a federal assembly, looking forward to an eventual federation of all India, including the hundreds of princely states with whom Britain had separate treaties, should be formed.

Captain Balfour burst out that the suggestion was ‘not only an insult to us, but a reflection on . . ’79 Further, it was the even greater public outburst which followed the publication of the new regulations, when the implications of the regulations became clear to many of the unemployed, which forced the government into total retreat. Amidst such public activism, it is hardly surprising that the modest contribution of the PLP was lost to the public eye. Whether this pressure from the PLP was as significant as Foot suggests is highly debatable.

The question was therefore allowed to drop. While House of Lords reform was part of the political debate, calls for its abolition were not necessarily excessive. Where Cripps and Attlee diverged was that the former continued to press for such policies long after the party had rejected them as being unrealistic or as electoral liabilities, while Attlee was content to conform to party decisions he could not change. 22 Labour in Crisis For his part, Attlee took a special interest in Cabinet reform, arguably an area where changes as radical as the abolition of the House of Lords could occur, but so remote from the electorate that no public furore was ever likely.

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