Party, a puppet of the Fabian Society
23 December 2012
The British Labour Party was
organised in 1900 as the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) by Fabian
Society leaders Bernard Shaw and Edward Pease, and had Fabian Socialist
Ramsay MacDonald as General Secretary (Pugh, p. 67).
The LRC was renamed “The
Labour Party” in 1906 and, under Fabian guidance and direction, it
became the organisation it is today (Ratiu, 2012).
By 1918, Labour had become
Britain’s second-largest political organisation – replacing the
Liberals – and in Pease’s own words, was “virtually, if not formally,” Fabian in its
political policy (Pease, p. 73).
how Fabian the Labour Party was is clear from the following facts:
in 1913, leading Fabian Beatrice Webb had written that the Fabian Society
and the Independent Labour Party (another Fabian Society creation) were
well on the way to “controlling the policy” of the Labour and
Socialist movement (Cole, p. 167).
In 1918, the Fabian Executive
appealed to all Fabians, as the “brainworkers” of the party,
either to stand as Labour candidates at the general election or to help
with money, canvassing or other propaganda work.
The “Memorandum on War
Aims” by Fabian Society co-founder Sidney Webb became the Labour
Party’s policy statement.
The pamphlet “Labour and
the New Social Order,” also by Webb, was adopted as the Labour Party
“The Aims of
Labour,” by Webb and fellow Fabian Arthur Henderson became accepted
Labour Party policy (Pugh, p. 138).
Fabian Society member Arthur
Henderson, who in 1915 became the first Labour cabinet minister (as
President of the Board of Education) was Labour Party General Secretary until
1935, followed by James (“Jim”) Middleton, Morgan Phillips and
1954, on the Fabian Society’s 70th anniversary, its
Secretary Margaret Cole described the Society as the “thinking
machine of British Socialism” (Pugh, p. 236).
February 1957, Fabian News, the
official Fabian organ, reported:
“Fabians are playing a major part in the
preparation of Labour policy documents. The Party’s National
Executive has recently set up working parties to report to the Party
Conferences in 1957 and 1958 … The first working party is composed
entirely of Fabians, and there are several Fabians on each of the
This state of affairs has
remained unchanged ever since. In its own words, the Fabian Society remains
forefront of developing political ideas and public policy on the left”.
Fabian Society also remains affiliated
to the Labour Party.
Another important fact is that
Society has 7000 members 80 per cent (5600) of whom are members
of the Labour Party, which includes hundreds of Members of Parliament,
Prime Ministers, and other members of Labour governments.
What is particularly significant
is that this makes about 3 per cent in the general Labour Party membership (about 190,000 in 2010) but close to 100 per
cent in the Labour leadership. For example, nearly the entire 1997 Labour
Cabinet (including Prime Minister Blair) was composed of Fabians (“The Fabian Society: a brief history”).
Moreover, all Labour Prime Ministers have been members of the
Fabian Society as have all (or nearly all) Labour Party leaders and
deputy leaders. This ought to persuade even
die-hard sceptics of the obvious fact that the Labour Party is an organisation
run by the Fabian Society.
As pointed out by the Guardian – a left-wing paper
with close links to the Labour Party and the Fabian Society – in the
post-war period the Fabian Society was at the heart of Labour and social
democratic thinking; when Labour came to power in 1997 there were about 200
Fabian MPs in the House of Commons; and at the start of the 21st
century the Society continues to play a “crucial role” in the
political life of the Left (“The Fabian Society: a brief history”).
This is no coincidence; the
Fabian Society has an under-31s section (the Young Fabians) which grooms
Fabians to become Labour MPs.
In his own words, New Labour
architect Peter Mandelson himself “started his political career as a
member of the Executive of the Young Fabians and has been a Fabian all his
life at different levels of activism” (Mandelson, 2005).
In 2006 Tony Blair (a Fabian
Society member) openly admitted that the values the early Fabians stood for
would be “very recognisable” in today’s Labour Party
(“A piece of Fabian history unveiled at LSE”).
Fabians are routinely involved
in Labour Party conferences such as in 2009; the current Labour
Party leader, Ed Miliband, launched his leadership bid at a Fabian Society conference, etc.
What becomes evident from the
above facts is that the Labour Party is an organisation created and
controlled by the Fabian Society.
Labour and the unions
Political leaders on the right – from
Conservative chairman Francis Maude to UKIP’s
Nigel Farage have denounced Labour as being “in hock to the unions”
(Maude, 2007; Farage, 3 Jun. 2013). Indeed,
figures released by the register of donations show that trade unions
account for three quarters of Labour’s donations
(Swinford, 2013). However, the fact is that the
unions have always been an important source of financial support to Labour
without necessarily being able to translate this into an equivalent degree
The Fabian Society and the unions have
always shared power and influence over the Left in general and over Labour,
in particular. Wherever the unions are, the Fabians are not far behind and
in many cases they are well ahead. This is reflected, for example, in the
fact that Labour leader Ed Miliband is said to be “taking his script
from the trade unions”, while (in his own words) also being “an
avid reader of Fabian pamphlets”.
Moreover, Miliband’s prospective
successor Ed Balls is a prominent member (and former vice-chairman and
chairman) of the Fabian Society; Sadiq Khan, Labour’s Shadow Minister for London
and leader of Labour’s election campaign, who has been tipped for the
next Mayor of London, is a member of the Fabian Society executive committee
and his pamphlet purporting to be the “blueprint for the
capital” (Our London: The
Capital Beyond 2015) was put together for him by the Fabian Society,
not by the unions, etc.
While the unions have the cash and the
numbers (millions of members as opposed to the Fabian Society’s thousands),
the Fabians have the brains and control think-tanks and other influential
pressure groups whose Fabian connections are unknown to voters. After all,
it was not by accident that Fabians like Peter Mandelson were the
architects of “New Labour”, or that the 1997-2001 Labour
Cabinet from Tony Blair downwards consisted mostly of Fabians.
This has been the case since the first
Labour governments in the early 1900s and is likely to remain so for the
foreseeable future. As in the hare and tortoise fable, hard though the
unions may try, the Fabians are already there. For unions like Unite to
control any political party on the left they would have to form their own
party – which will be promptly colonised, taken over and possibly
even set up, by Fabians (a number of whom have dual membership of both the
FS and of unions like Unite).
The unions are perfectly aware of this
situation, which is precisely why they have traditionally bankrolled Labour
despite the fact that in terms of power, influence and leadership they have
had to play second fiddle to the Fabians. In fact, it was Fabian Society
leader Bernard Shaw himself who back in 1901 devised the plan for Labour to
be financed by the unions due to the fact that Labour membership was too
small to raise enough funds (Pugh, p. 46). It is an arrangement the unions
have had to adhere to ever since.
However, from the general
public’s point of view, that is, in the real world, it makes no
difference whether Labour is dominated by the Fabian Society and the
think-tank Progress representing one strand of Socialism (“Social
Democracy”), or by Unite representing another (Marxism).
The media and
politicians’ focus on the alleged “take-over” by the
unions while completely ignoring the far more resourceful, influential and
dangerous Fabian Society is not only absurd, but can only serve to deflect
attention from the FS and play into the hands of the Fabian camp who is
already the dominant faction on the left.
This approach is a disastrous
repetition of Cold War-era policies designed to “stop the advance of
Communism” while promoting or tolerating other brands of Socialism
What is needed is a total
rejection of Socialism in all its
forms in the same way we reject other totalitarian systems like Nazism (National
Socialism) and Fascism.
See also The Fabian Society.
(This article was last
updated on 17 December 2013)
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