By Richard Toye

Within the basic election of 1931, the Labour occasion campaigned at the slogan `Plan or Perish'. The party's pledge to create a deliberate socialist economic system used to be a novelty, and marked the rejection of the gradualist, evolutionary socialism to which Labour had adhered below the management of Ramsay MacDonald. even supposing seriously defeated in that election, Labour caught to its dedication. The Attlee executive got here to strength in 1945 decided to devise comprehensively. but, the aspiration to create a completely deliberate financial system used to be no longer met. This booklet explores the origins and evolution of the promise, with the intention to clarify why it used to be now not fulfilled. RICHARD TOYE lectures in heritage at Homerton university, Cambridge.

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