The Labour 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).


Just how Fabian the Labour Party was is clear from the following facts:


Already 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 manifesto.


“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 other Fabians.


In 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). In its own words, the Fabian Society remains “at the forefront of developing political ideas and public policy on the left. The Fabian Society also remains affiliated to the Labour Party.


Another important fact is that the Fabian 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 of influence.


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, 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 and taken over 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, 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 repetition of Cold War-era policies designed to “stop the advance of Communism” while promoting or tolerating other brands of Socialism deemed “moderate.” 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.


Updated 30 Aug 2013



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Cole, Margaret, The Story of Fabian Socialism, London, 1961.


Farage, Nigel, “This cosy trialogue,” Guardian, 4 Jun. 2013.


Mandelson, Peter, “Building a New Consensus for Europe”, lecture given to the Fabian Society at Clifford Chance LLP, Canary Wharf, London, 13 June 2005.


Maude, Francis, Labour is back in hock to the unions,” Daily Telegraph, 26 Jan. 2007.


Pease, Edward, R., History of the Fabian Society: The Origins of English Socialism, New York, NY, 1916.


Pugh, Patricia, Educate, Agitate, Organize: 100 Years of Fabian Socialism, London, 1984.


“The Fabian Society: a brief history,” Guardian, 13 August 2001


Ratiu, Ioan, The Milner-Fabian Conspiracy: How an international elite is taking over and destroying Europe, America and the World, Richmond, 2012.


Swinford, Steven, “Trade unions responsible for three quarters of Labour’s donations,” Daily Telegraph, 13 Aug. 2013.








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