Keir Hardie: From Serfdom to Socialism (Lawrence and Wishart, £12.99)

Keir Hardie 1909 [Wikimedia]

Keir Hardie 1909 [Wikimedia]

by John Moore

This edition of Keir Hardie’s eloquent statement of socialist principles appears in the centenary year of his death and happily coincides with a revival of his spirit of militancy, as illustrated by Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic election as leader of the Labour Party.

After working at the age of seven as a messenger, and aged 10 in the mines, Hardie became a Christian, a pacifist, a trade union activist and the first Labour MP.

He was chair of his party in 1906 when Labour won seats in the General Election, though some of the candidates were closer to the Liberal Party than to socialism. He fought for the “new serfs,” the impoverished working class, and accepted…

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