The NHS, NLR and SR. A Correction and Apology
In my article on the NHS in the November issue of Labour Affairs, not only did I get the title of the Colin Leys and Stewart Player book, The Plot against the NHS confused with another book, NHS for sale, I also gave a misleading account of the history of the Socialist Register. I said it had been founded by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch as a breakaway from the New Left Review. In fact, Colin tells me ‘It was [Ralph] Miliband and [John] Saville who broke away from the NLR and founded the Register, bringing out the first volume in 1964. My connection with the Register, apart from a single essay in 1978, began when I joined Leo as co-editor from 1997 (and lasted as co-editor until 2010).’ He also tells me I added ten years to his age by saying he was involved in the early days of the NLR. The New Left Review was founded in 1960. Apologies to all concerned.