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Considered more the order of the day were the efforts of the Riverside' Party whose bright and well lit' rooms were adorned with Labour and public service posters, or Fulham East whose rooms were hceptionally tidy' and artistically decorated'. IS Labour Organiser found the Sevenoaks offices so brderly' in 1953 that it was possible to ~at our dinner off the floor'. But these were the exceptions - Labour issued booklets on planning the requisite rooms, yet such environments remained few and far between.

Socialism ought, he felt, be able to demonstrate its superiority without patronizing people. admirable', but a pharisaical attitude to the lives of others ... ' As with Victorian philanthropy, concern for the poor rarely came without an attendant attitude to their lifestyle. Whatever their good intentions, socialists often bore an improving' tone, where (as a respondent to a Socialist Commentary questionnaire put it), the deadly do-gooders prevail. J102 Socialists could appear as a moral vanguard - whose prescriptive attitudes and intervention, even at a personal level, were a response to their disappointment at the people.

An Eastern region adjudicator criticized, tlesigns which perpetuate the Village Hall atmosphere ... ' That gloomy halls and unpainted premises' were anything but desirable advertisements for the cause' offended by erring from the ideal of socialism prefiguring in the here and now the new order it aimed to 44 The Political Culture of the Left in Aftlent Britain, 195164 usher in. They also contravened the belief of socialists that well designed, attractive surroundings are the first priority for ordinary people'19 Party meetings were not an attractive prospect.

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