Labour and the Defence of the Realm: The Abandonment of Britain’s World Role

  • Geoffrey Lee Williams
  • Alan Lee Williams


In the general election of June 1970, Labour was defeated. Mr Wilson, who had presided over the nation’s affairs since Labour had first assumed office some six years earlier, returned to the Opposition Front Bench — perhaps to deliberate on the momentous changes in foreign and defence policy which he had both wittingly and unwittingly introduced.1 In this deliberation he was not alone. There is no doubt about the lasting relevance of his decisions, although some confusion emerged about how they related to a broader foreign policy perspective, and inevitably also criticisms about the way in which they were made. The Cabinet seriously miscalculated its capacity to meet political commitments with diminishing economic resources.


Foreign Policy Trade Union National Interest Political Commitment Labour Government 
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Notes and References

  1. 4.
    Robert Thompson, Defeating Communist Insurgency. Chatto & Windus, 1966.Google Scholar
  2. 11.
    See Hedley Bull, Anarchical Society. Macmillan, 1976, p. 24. Professor Bull says that ‘a society of states (or international society) exists when a group of states, conscious of certain common interests and common values, form a society in the sense that they conceive themselves to be bound by a common set of rules in their relations with one another and share in the working of common instructions’.Google Scholar

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© Geoffrey Lee Williams and Alan Lee Williams 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Lee Williams
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alan Lee Williams
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.University of SurreyUK
  2. 2.The Institute of Economic and Political Studies (INSTEP)CambridgeUK
  3. 3.Toynbee HallUK
  4. 4.Parliament for HornchurchUK

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