When Labour won the General Election in 1945, Professor Harold Laski, one of the party’s prominent figures, prophesised, “1,000 years of socialism”. They got six. This is if you allow that the period up to 1951 was socialism, as many adherents have their different interpretations, all of which are right of course. It is possible to become delusional about the consequences of power. People can too easily believe that their influence and power will become permanent features, when in reality they are temporary and derived from others.