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The Riddle of the Ruins. The Sexton Blake Library No. 69

by Lewis Jackson

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In 1944 ... 'In towns up and down this green and sceptred island bunches of enterprising citizens are acquiring blitzed areas of temporary desolation and in many cases bleeding half-destitute freeholders of the only small stake in the country they possess'. And in several cases they don't refrain from murder to obtain their aims.

Did you ever know, Sexton Blake was left-wing? Consider the following conversation between Sexton Blake and 'Smudger', a Civil Servant and friend of Blake's:

.... "I suppose. Blake, being a bit ' left-wingish ' like I am, you share my opinion that, the Government are stal­ling over this Uthwatt Report?"
"Of course they are. That's obvious ! "
"The same," said Smith deliber­ately, "as the Lloyd George Govern­ment, after the last war, stalled over the Sankey Report on Nationalisation of the Mines."
"Exactly!"
"The reason being," said Smith, "that both reports had, as a major issue, the so-called ' sanctity of private property ' treading hard on the corns of ' vested interest ' and ' landed pvo-prictorship.' which, in the religion of the Reactionary, is locked upon as 'Holy Writ."
"That's right. And anything that violates it is the next best thing to blasphemy. What about it?"

This Sexton Blake story of 1944 helps to understand the landslide victory of Labour in 1945
  Hansemann | May 27, 2008 |
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