Howling Down the Old Guard

Labor's new leftists advocate frightening doctrines "This government has got to be forced out of office!" cried a Young Socialist and self-professed "Trotskyite" at an anti-Thatcher rally earlier this winter. As the thunderous roar of approval died down, the frail, white-maned figure of Labor Party Leader Michael Foot stepped to the microphone. "Throw the government out!" yelled Foot. Then he cautioned: "But prepare to destroy at the ballot box."

Foot's message to the increasingly restive extreme of his party was the same then as it is now: cool it. But it is falling...

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