A handbook of the Scottish Gaelic world by Michael Newton

By Michael Newton

A instruction manual of the Scottish Gaelic global focuses upon Gaelic cultural survival from the twelfth to the 18th centuries.

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It is one thing for political parties to agree about general frameworks, but quite another to go beyond them to a deeper ideological identification of purpose about the aims and objectives of specific policies. Adopting the procedural definition for the moment, it would be foolish to deny that certain basic features ofpolicy were broadly agreed. The 1944 White Paper, Employment Policy, with its pledge to maintain 'a high and 17 18 The Myth 0/ Consensus stable level of employment' together with the acceptance of Keynesian demand management techniques for the fulfilment of this ambition, stands as an example of a defining socio-economic objective accepted by both parties.

Adopting the procedural definition for the moment, it would be foolish to deny that certain basic features ofpolicy were broadly agreed. The 1944 White Paper, Employment Policy, with its pledge to maintain 'a high and 17 18 The Myth 0/ Consensus stable level of employment' together with the acceptance of Keynesian demand management techniques for the fulfilment of this ambition, stands as an example of a defining socio-economic objective accepted by both parties. Again, there was common recognition of the need for a more comprehensive approach to social policy, at its most visible in the Coalition government's acceptance of the Beveridge Report and the passing of the 1944 Education Act.

Britain was hardly alone in developing and maintaining a system of state welfare in this period . P but they did so too as an outcome of the developing Cold War between East and West. In the words of one Labour intellectual, 'if a progressively improving and juster economic and social system can be established in the West ... t'? Western governrnents, then, were in a position to offer 'welfare' , in the context of a mixed economy, as the capitalist alternative to communist claims that poverty could be eliminated by a combination of command planning and state -controlled collective consumption.

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