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Sunday, February 27, 2005

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Ritik was saying this to me a few weeks ago, but not in the same words, and without referencing GDH Cole: "GDH Cole wrote, with obvious approval, of 'socialism so undefined in its doctrinal basis as to make recruits readily among people of different types'. It was enough to be 'a broad movement on behalf of the bottom dog'. That worked well enough when 'bottom dogs' made up 30% of the population. Improving their lot was Labour's moral purpose and they were the foundation on which a parliamentary majority could be built. The poor are always with us - but not in the numbers to sustain class politics. Labour needs a theory to live by."-- Roy Hattersly in the Guardian: