Towards the New Jerusalem
This chapter explores the possibility of the building of the socialist ‘New Jerusalem’ with the public's low-key mood in 1945. The first section stresses not only the calmness of the campaign, but also the public's indifference to every effort to instill enthusiasm. It contemplates whether public politics, stripped of the visceral thrill of live entertainment, would have a long-term future once the sober, optimistic mood of 1945 had been tempered by the harsh realities of post-war reconstruction. The second section discusses the triumph of party politics from 1950 to 1951. It notes that the two General Elections of 1950 and 1951 represented the highest point of party politics.
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