Keynes and the TUC in the 1930s and the 1980s

  • Bill Callaghan


There is little doubt that the ideas of Keynes had a profound impact on thinking in the labour movement in the interwar years and especially on the thinking of the TUC. A. L. Rowse’s pamphlet Mr Keynes and the Labour Movement is an enthusiastic summary of the General Theory, which he regards as being of the highest importance. His economic judgements may be somewhat uncritical, but his historical judgement seems sound enough. He states that ‘it may well prove, when its influence has been fully brought to bear upon economic discussion and policy, to mark a turning-point in both. So much, at least, a historian may say’.2


Trade Union Real Wage Labour Movement Real Earning General Council 
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