I was having a chat down the pub with a mate last night. We got onto talking about Labour history in general and Clause 4 in particular.
My mate reckons that changing Clause 4 ripped the heart out of Labour, while I've never much cared about it. For me public ownership has not been too important, perhaps in part because I was born and grew up under Thatcher, then had it drummed into me how terrible public ownership was and how great privatisation is.
There are some things i'd like to see nationalised - public transport for example.
But it's always been a pragmatic thing rather than an ideological commitment.
So there we go, i never realised the strength of feeling surrouding it