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What issues divided the labour and conservative parties in the postwar united kingdome? COLD WAR?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The divisive issues were largely economic. The labour party was radical, and supported by the Trade Union movement, and thus was very worker orientated. Immediately after WW2 in the late 40's and early 50's, the conservatives were still very much a party for the upper classes and industrial entrepreneurs-much like the current republican party in US, and did not foster change in the status-quo.

    The labour party wanted the nationalisation of key industries, and effected this-rail and coal in their first phase (1945-52) and then Steel (1967). These were subsequently privatised in the 19990's.

    The labour party also initiated some form of centralised wage fixing in the 70's, and extended the Welfare state, founded by the Liberals at the beginning of the 20th century.

    Many of the labour party's policies would be viewed by a US reader as being neo-communist.

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