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BRITAIN-Labour Party Conference

December 4, 1982 BRITAIN Labour Party Conference Brendam O'Leary THE most adroit of political taxono- mists has always had a severe problem in deciding whether the British Labour party .should be filed under the socialist species. As in the taxonomies of natural history, which are often considered revisable, the problem partly consists in how you define 'socialist'. This year's Conference at Blackpool marks a new turning point in a debate with which connoisseurs of the British Left arc familiar. To twist a phrase that Gramsci took from Romain Holland we now have optimism of the mouth combined with pessimism over the Foot.
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