Labour was never constitutionally a "Socialist" party until 1995, when Tony Blair wrote the word into the new Clause IV. It had never been there before. Blair even put it on the back of every membership card.
Anyone who knows the Labour Party from the inside knows that "Socialism" means whatever the person speaking happens to think. Literally nothing else. That was what it meant to Tony Blair. That is what it means to Ed Miliband. That is what it means to anyone. That, and that alone.
The only people who might once have been shocked at Miliband's undertaking to "bring back Socialism" are the people who think that we already have a Socialist government as they understand the term, and presumably that we have had one ever since the Blessed Margaret left Downing Street.
Last night, a fringe meeting at Brighton gave a rapturous reception to the Honourable Fabian Picardo, the utterly uncompromising Chief Minister of Gibraltar.
And the utterly uncompromising Leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party. He is certainly not afraid of the S-word. (His party, by the way, was founded out of the old T&G, which is now part of Unite. It used to advocate, and it still inclines towards, incorporation into the United Kingdom.)
Personally, I now avoid the S-word if at all possible in this country. It gets in the way of discussing specific policies and strategies, and it only ever means whatever the person using it happens to want it to mean.
But I should still have someone from the GSLP at the top of Labour's South West list for the European Elections. What would the Conservative Party, or UKIP, or certain newspapers and corners of the Internet, say to that?
One for Ed Miliband's speech. He can thank me later.