From Bodmin Moor to Cardiff Bay
A European education?
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Social democracy in one country is a contradiction in terms. It is quintessentially outward-looking and at the same time quintessentially European. The oldest social democratic party in the world is the German social democratic party (SPD); the great German revisionist, Eduard Bernstein, learned his revisionism from the British Fabians. Keir Hardie, the first independent Labour MP, was a pall bearer at the funeral of August Bebel, one of the greatest leaders in the long history of German social democracy. For social democrats the choice is between craven acceptance of an alleged fait accompli which need not, in fact, be accepted, and resistance. It remains to be seen whether British social democrats will step up to the plate. In Llais Llafur, Ebenezer Rees preached a magnificent, blood-red socialism, which would make Jeremy Corbyn look pale pink.

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