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The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1Labour and Cultural Change$
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Steven Fielding

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719043642

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719043642.001.0001

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Reconciling the classes

Reconciling the classes

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The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

Steven Fielding

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks at the key issue of class and how Labour attempted to reconcile those differences said to have survived into the ‘affluent society’. It highlights the underlying reasons why the party embraced the policies it did. At the time of leaving office, Wilson's governments had made only a negligible impression on secondary education and industrial democracy. The failure to reform private education largely followed from the Cabinet's reluctance to confront the numerous practical and political problems raised by the issue at a time when Labour was already deeply unpopular. No progress towards even the most modest forms of worker participation had been made as Labour ministers emptied their desks.

Keywords:   class, affluent society, Labour, Wilson's governments, secondary education, worker participation, industrial democracy

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