The question has frequently been asked: is radicalism dead? With the advent of the affluent society, which the Labour Party’s socialist reforms did so much to usher in, have not all its aims been fulfilled? What can Labour still be radical about?

Before one can answer the question, it is necessary to have a clear picture of what radicalism really means. Obviously it is an ideology urging change. But this would turn everybody into a radical. For who does not want change? Life itself is change – the change of seasons, of growth, of ageing, of generations. What characterises a radical is that he ...


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