Britain: Party Divided

The British labor unions existed long before the Labor Party. They helped create the party, continue to provide it with the bulk of its funds and its hard core of votes — and to some extent feel that they are, in fact, the party. The symbiosis works well enough when Labor is out of power and both party and unions need one another. It works less well once the party leaders don their bowler hats, pick up their dispatch cases and move into Whitehall. Then the unions naturally enough expect their reward. But...