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Nature volume 149, pages 559561 (23 May 1942) | Download Citation



THE Labour Party has shown both imagination and vision in the interim report on reconstruction problems in war-time issued early in March under the title “The Old World and the New Society”* for discussion at a series of regional conferences and at the annual conference of the Labour Party being held at Whitsuntide. It seems to have grasped the relation of reconstruction to the war effort and puts the point as forcibly as it has been put by Sir Stafford Cripps, and in a brilliant introductory note to a recent P E P broadsheet on bodies in Great Britain considering reconstruction problems. In detail and in broad outlook, the report is evidence that the Labour Party is facing up to the problems of the post-war world, and the whole spirit of the report justifies the hope that an attack on the problems of post-war reconstruction may be possible on non-party lines.

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