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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Harold Laski - the man who influenced Ralph Miliband

This piece of mine appears in the New Statesman.

Neil Clark: Why Ed Miliband should follow in his father's footsteps and consider the ideas of this former Labour Party chairman

During the 2010 Labour leadership campaign, much was written of the influence of Ralph Miliband, the brilliant Marxist academic and father of two rivals for the job of leader, Ed and David. Yet what of the man who influenced Ralph Miliband?

Harold Laski, who taught Miliband Sr politics at the London School of Economics, was one of the giants of 20th-century British socialism. A panellist of the anti-fascist Left Book Club along with Victor Gollancz and the Labour MP John Strachey, Laski was the most popular – and most argued-about – public intellectual of his time. As an influential figure in the Labour Party, he played an important role in its landslide victory of 1945.

You can read the whole of the piece here

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