New Statesman - 06 February 2012
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The New Statesman was created in 1913 by the aim of permeating the educated and controlling classes with socialist ideas. Its founders were Sidney and Beatrice Webb (later Lord and Lady Passfield), by with Bernard Shaw, and a illiberal but influential group of Fabians. The Webbs' prior publication, The Crusade, had existed to prevail upon support for the Minority Report of the Royal Commission forward the Poor Law, and for Beatrice Webb's National Committee in the place of the Prevention of Destitution. However, it had died hind less than two years, when it became self-evident that no government would swallow the Minority Report healthy, with all its socialist implications. The New Statesman was created to fulfil the gap.