The Labour conference rewarded the shadow chancellor with a standing ovation after he pledged to rekindle the spirit of the "even greater summer" of 1945 to "rebuild Britain anew" (gushes the Guardian).
Considering Ed Balls thought it amusing to dress as a Nazi once we might have expected him not to mention the War. And is there anyone left alive who experienced the Attlee government? What is it about the dead past that makes socialists and sub-keynesians hark on and on about Weimar and 1940s England?
By all accounts those were utterly horrible times and both, in their different ways, a dreadful threat to civil society. But it's all so long ago. We might as well consider the Bolsheviks and their post-putsch policies' relevance to 21st century economics as view current economic circumstance through a 1930s and 40s prism. They're all dead - at least Keynes got the long run right. Labour politics is like watching a costume drama (perhaps that's why the BBC is so keen on it.)