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From 50 Years: Nuclear Disarmament.

Weekly Note from Volume XI, No 25, June 20, 1959.

A no less serious problem for the Labour Party is now presented by the growing success of the movement for nuclear disarmament and a renunciation by Britain of the produc-tion and testing of nuclear weapons. Origi-nally this movement encompassed a small but influential group of Labour intellectuals led by Lord Bertrand Russell. Gradually, the movement spread and has secured the sup-port of a number of trade unionists, particu-larly trade union leaders. And having regard to the fact that the trade unions provide both the finance and what may be termed the po-litical basis of the Labour Party, it is clear that as a result the old compromises, and the adherence to the somewhat archaic outlook that Britain’s international status depended upon possession of H-bombs, will find less and less support in the Labour Movement. Indeed Mr Bevan, the Labour Party’s shadow Foreign Secretary, perceiving this trend, has in recent years become more equivocal and less precise knowing full well that a clear pursuit of the old policy on this question will only bring discredit to the Labour leadership. The situation has, however, now been reached where the Labour Leadership can no longer cling to the old in private and be inprecise in public.

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