In London, Herbert Morrison wore his red tie, and lady Laborites turned up at the House of Commons in their nattiest scarlet dresses. The News Chronicle's Columnist Ian Mackay was in a reminiscent mood. "May Day," he wrote of his youth, "to my eager young mind, was the great annual festival of freedom, when the quenchless spirit of the common man was continually refreshed and rededicated to the endless quest of love and friendship, liberty and peace among all the peoples of the world. How many of us even dreamed, as we marched starry-eyed behind the flags . ....

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