The historical role of the Labour Left has been to rally those socialist forces within the Party demanding a structural transformation in both national and international relationships. It has restrained the inclinations within the Party towards a political orthodoxy which would place few restraints upon capital, would restrict the power of organised labour, and would encourage the parliamentarian to dominate the extra-parliamentary rank-and-file. At times in the Party’s history the socialist forces have been marginalised but they have never been entirely removed, nor have they become totally insignificant. What is the strength of this socialist Left within the Party after the June 1987 General Election?
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.