Britain: Champagne Socialism?

Champagne Socialism?

Can Britain's Labor Party reverse its decline? That was the question at the heart of the opposition party's five-day annual conference in Brighton last week. The answer: not easily.

Under a banner that read MOVING AHEAD, party leaders and 1,400 mostly dispirited delegates agreed to a formal reappraisal of Labor's direction, following three straight electoral losses to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives. With an eye toward broadening party appeal, Labor promised to reassess even such sacred party tenets as state ownership of industry and unilateral nuclear disarmament, which Deputy Party Leader Roy Hattersley called the "major vote loser" in the past...

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