Posts under ‘Ideology’

Making it another 1945

by Bryan Gould.

Steve Richards (David Cameron will lose the battle of ideas if he keeps firing 1979’s bullets) is right to say in The Guardian (and Ed Miliband obviously agrees with him) that next year’s election will not, and should not, be decided by personality politics.  So what is it that will determine the voters’ preferences? It would […]

Promoting “British values”

by David Pavett.

The recent affair of the alleged extremism of some Birmingham schools has revived debate about “British values”. Michael Gove has issued draft changes to the funding agreement for new schools that would require commitment to “the fundamental British values” of (1) democracy, (2) the rule of law, (3) individual liberty, (4) mutual respect and (5) […]

Anti-immigrant rhetoric will only alienate young voters

by John Percival.

In his first conference speech as party leader, Ed Miliband spoke of a “new generation” not bound by the fear or the ghosts of the past. When it comes to immigration,  younger people are much more likely to welcome the benefits and opportunities provided by freedom of movement than those from older generations. Polling from […]

How to tackle UKIP (and austerity)

by Michael Meacher.

UKIP is the Teflon party in these European elections. However disorganised and anarchic they are, with no policies except a visceral hatred of the EU and immigrants, however vile the racist and sexist views of so many of its representatives, a significant section of the British electorate are quite prepared to ignore all that because […]

Socialism and Nationalism and anti-English racism in Scotland (part 2)

by Greg Philo.

This is the second part of this article. You can read part one here. Who is a Real Scot? A new nation brings with it new questions of who belongs in it. Nationalism can very quickly divide people into who are Real Scots and those who are not. So Facebook entries on independence now include […]

On socialism, nationalism and anti-English sentiment in Scotland (part 1)

by Greg Philo.

How would you feel about being rich? As Scottish Finance secretary, John Swinney, says, Scotland would be the sixth richest country in the world, while the rest of the UK would be a mere 16th if they are lucky. So that is one up on the Southerners, who we have apparently been subsidising. Even if this was […]

Ignoring the debate on Europe does Labour no favours

by Thomas Butler.

In three weeks time, voters go to the polls to elect their representatives to the European Parliament. Not surprisingly,  Labour and a majority of the affiliated Trade unions have been very vocal on the need for a big push in the European elections to kick out the scourge of UKIP and BNP MEPs plus valiant […]

Millions struggling to make ends meet isn’t a recovery, it’s desperation

by Michael Meacher.

From the constant hurrahs about the brilliant success of government employment policy (official figures now say there are 30.39m in ‘employment’), you would never guess that unemployment has hardly shifted under this government – it’s down from 2.5m to just 2.4m. Previously when real recoveries took hold, the unemployment figures fell by 100,000 a month, […]

Blairites, Valls and Renzi, offer little hope for Eurozone

by Michael Meacher.

Valls and Renzi, the new prime ministers of France and Italy respectively, have made clear their respect for Blair and their intention to follow his example. That’s bad news for the Eurozone and for the EU in general. Blairism is not an economic ideology, but rather a style of leadership that is far more about […]

What lies behind Blairite calls for “an avowedly pro-business agenda”?

by Jon Lansman.

Alan Milburn was once a Trotskyist, who co-ran a small left-wing bookshop in Newcastle, Days of Hope (aka Haze of Dope). Now he is better known as the New Labour politician and former Secretary of State for Health whom David Cameron appointed as his “social mobility Tsar”. He is also one of those Blairite  heavyweights […]

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