While that may yet prove contentious (albeit less so than in Hugh Gaitskell's day), the least they could do is not to flaunt the quaint old thing. When I renewed my lapsed membership of the Labour Party in June, I was sent a provisional membership certificate whose sole text (apart from typing on my name and my local constituency secretary) consisted of Clause IV in all its glory: 'common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange', etc.
Needless to say, if I believed in that I would have joined the Socialist Workers Party. Small wonder that Mr Radice's south-eastern C1s and C2s remain mistrustful of Labour, while it sends out such conflicting signals.
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