Dreams of a socialist paradise

“Socialism died this week not once but twice,” says Tim Stanley on Telegraph.co.uk: first with the death of working-class union leader Bob Crow, and then with that of “aristocratic firebrand” Tony Benn.

Their dream – “that the economy should run on the basis of need, not profit; that power should be in the hands of the many, not the few” – was beautiful. But it was just a dream.

Benn thought “paradise” could be built from Whitehall by nationalising companies and taxing the rich, but the 1970s Labour government failed to be a better manager than the [...]

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