Review of 'The Socialist League in the 1930s', Michael Bor, Athena Press £15.99
For most workers the 1930s are looked back on as being a decade well worth forgetting - mass unemployment, the rise of fascism and the growing threat of another world war all contributed towards making it the most miserable decade of the 20th century. Politically the left was a shambles. Ramsay MacDonald and the Labour government of 1929-31 had demonstrated how they intended to deal with unemployment. They instituted a 10 percent cut in what were already miserably low benefits. This proved too much even for some cabinet members, and MacDonald handed in the government's resignation.