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MR. W. S. B. M'LAREN AND THE SOCIALIST CHALLENGE. ♦ Mr. W. S. B. M'Laren, as the Liberal candi- date for the Crewe Division, having been invited by the Crewe branch of the Indepen- dent Labour Party to take part in a public debate on the Justice and practicability of the principles of Socialism as against the principles of Individualism,' it being suggested that he should defend the Individualist side of the question, has replied as follows:—" While I agree that such a debate would be very interest- ing, I should have this difficulty, among others, in accepting your proposal-namely, that I should not altogether be prepared to defend the Individualist side of the ques- tion. It is very much a matter of degree, and the dividing line between the two is becoming more and more indistinct. Conse- quently, I am not prepared to take up a position as an out-and-out supporter of the opposite side to yours. In a great number of cases our legis- lation is more and more becoming Socialistic, and so far apparently with good results. As to the more extreme form of it, I do not think that the public debate would be of any particular advantage, and consequently I regret that I do not see my way to accept your invitation." The Crewe branch of the Independent Labour Party then renewed the invitation to Mr. M'Laren in another form, suggesting that as he did not care to defend Individualism, would he defend the negative of the question—' Is Socialism desirable?'" Mr. M'Laren replied:—"My difficulty in complying with your request still remains the same, because if I am asked the question Is Socialism desirable ?' I should have to say that it was entirely a matter of degree; that so far as our legislation had gone in that path the result had been beneficial. I do not think therefore that it would be desirable for me to take up the cudgels against that abstract proposition."

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