Foreign News: Challenge to Bevan

In the Bevanites' theology, British socialism is a heady brew of rigid dogma, class hatred and "one in the eye for the boss." For the practiced old trade union chiefs of Transport House, who put up some 60% of Labor Party funds and speak for 85% of its membership, socialism is an alteration, not an abolition, of capitalism, an evolution steeped in the Fabian "inevitability of gradualness." From two general-election failures, trade unionists sense that Labor's medicine, heavily laced with Bevanism, is too strong for most Britons.

Since they ousted ex-Foreign Secretary Herbert Morrison from the Party Executive last year, the Bevanites...

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