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Common Ownership
Clause IV and the Labour Party

By Ken Coates, et al.
December 1995
ISBN: 0-85124-573-0
100 pages, 5 " x 9"
$52.50 hardcover

The debate on Clause IV erupted during the Labour Party Conference in October 1994 when Tony Blair made an announcement completely contrary to his own statement a few months earlier, when he was interviewed by David Frost during the election campaign for John Smith's successor. This book contains a careful analysis of the issues involved in this controversy. Contents: Introduction. Opening a debate. Clause IV. The Blair initiative: revision socialism or rejecting it? Whatever happened to capitalism? The debate during 1959-60. Why was this argument reopened? Why Labour should fly its own colours. Common ownership. Witnesses for common ownership. Socialism in our time. Conclusion.