Strange Bedfellows

Cartoon of 1891 from `The Bulletin' by Hop. The caption read `Bedfellows - but sleeping with one eye open.' The sentiment would have been understood in contemporary Italy, where reformist socialism was by the turn of the century a shy accomplice of Giolitti's enlightened liberal capitalism, laying the foundations for Italian industrialisation. Similar developments caeteris paribus were underway in Australia.