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“At the time of the sale in September last year, the decision-making Ministers Louise Upston and Paula Bennett said they were ‘satisfied that the purchase would create substantial and identifiable benefit for New Zealand’.
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In August 1914 the leaders of the Second International came out in support of the imperialist world war. This betrayal of international socialism came as a devastating blow. In Britain, the Labour leaders entered the war-time coalition government. The horrors and chauvinism of the War was however cut across by revolution in Russia. The October Revolution changed the course of history, provoking revolutionary situations everywhere and serving to bring the War to an end. Unfortunately these revolutionary opportunities - in Germany, Hungary, and elsewhere - were derailed by the old Social Democratic leaders. In Germany, the Social Democrats even conspired to murder the Communist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht.