British Election, 1950

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World Significance of British General Election

Socialism vs. Capitalism in Democratic Britain

The World is looking to results of the British general election of Feb. 23, 1950, for an answer to the question whether experience under state ownership strengthens or weakens popular support for Socialism in a democracy. The present government in Great Britain, unlike the two preceding Labor governments, has initiated a comprehensive program looking toward the transformation of Britain into a Socialist state.1 The 1950 election is essentially a referendum of the British people on results of that program to date.2

The British Labor Party calls the type of Socialism it represents a “third force” between Communism and capitalism, while Soviet propaganda maintains that no midway position can be consistently held in the long run ...

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