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Corbynism, martyrdom and the other Labour split – part I

Craig Berry

Jeremy Corbyn’s destructive utopianism has been reaffirmed by Labour Party members – but there are signs of a widening divergence among Corbyn’s support base, with uncertain implications for Labour’s future After the emphatic re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party, speculation that the Labour Party might split in two is intensifying. It remains uncertain whether any of … Continue reading

26 September 2016 by
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Citizenship in a financialised society

Craig Berry

The Conservative government’s promotion of financialisation is transforming citizenship in the UK While the New Labour-ish language of ‘financial inclusion’ and ‘asset-based welfare’ has been quietly eschewed, since 2010 the Conservative Party has continued its predecessor’s agenda around promoting more extensive and intensive participation in the financial system, through asset ownership, in order to enable individuals to play an enhanced … Continue reading

28 August 2015 by
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Child poverty and the unravelling of New Labour’s ‘hybrid’ political economy

Scott Lavery

Cameron claims to lead a ‘One Nation’ government, but pursues a ‘two nations’ governing strategy One of the headline social policy goals of the Blair and Brown governments was to eradicate child poverty in Britain by 2020.  During New Labour’s thirteen years in power considerable progress was made in this regard: child poverty fell from 3.4 million in 1998 to … Continue reading

12 August 2015 by
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Labour’s historic defeat: learning the right lessons

David Coates

Designing and refining a new growth strategy that rejects austerity are the most pressing tasks before us If there was any doubt on this matter before the election, there can be none now: those of us making the case for a progressive reconfiguration of advanced capitalisms now start from a position of incredible weakness. The immediate conversation in the UK … Continue reading

14 May 2015 by
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‘It’s the economy wot won it’

Mick Moran

Labour’s argument on the economy was condemned by the association of ‘the two Eds’ with New Labour’s record The general election result of last Thursday will rightly be seen as epochal: for the future of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats; for the future of the Union in the UK; and, quite possibly, after the now certain referendum in … Continue reading

13 May 2015 by
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Ed Miliband didn’t convince the electorate, because he didn’t convince himself

Craig Berry

An ambivalence towards the state meant Labour failed to offer a meaningful alternative to the Conservatives The scene was set, at the recent UK general election, for a turn to the left – as we have seen in many other Western countries – of precisely the kind that Ed Miliband pitched to the Labour Party in his leadership campaign, and … Continue reading

12 May 2015 by
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Inequality Redux IX

Craig Berry

The illusion of pursuing equality through a hollowed-out state This post considers whether, despite growing public concern about the rise and implications of inequality, the British political economy is capable any longer of pursuing equality as a public good in any meaningful way.  The idea of the state as an entity through which we can collectively shape socio-economic reality has … Continue reading

16 April 2015 by
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