It would not have gone unnoticed by many that the Labour Party and the Conservatives increasingly sound the same on many issues.
As Chris Dillow said last week:
They can’t distinguish themselves from each other, as they used, to by representing different classes. The big class divide in party politics (though not elsewhere) is now that between the political class – Tories, Labour and the MSM – and the rest of us. Nor can they distinguish themselves by philosophical positions, such as equality vs liberty. The political class has long lost the ability to argue for philosophical or ethical principles.
If there are no real ideas to differentiate the political parties, it follows they will be more obsessed by marketing and positioning themselves than actually developing coherent policies and ideas that help the masses.
The Labour party is in bouyant mood right now not because they’ve got anything good to crow about, but rather because the Tories are doing so badly. Equally, Cameron spent ages re-positioning himself to get higher in the polls, but when people wanted to hear solid policies and ideas, he floundered.
So what are the ideas that will re-invigorate the left? Where does the future lie?
What is this new thinking? Seriously, Iâ€™ve missed it. Brimming! Could readers post their list of, say, the top ten, or even six, new lines of thought on the left. Either here or on their own websites. To make it easier this thinking does not have to be part of any coalition forming around the Prime Minister as Bright seems to imply.
The prize for the most original and brimming answer is a copy of either Future Positive by Michael Edwards or What Should the Left Propose? by Roberto Mangabeira Unger.
So there you have it – you can get some free books if you list new ideas below.
Sunder does not put forward new areas of interest; he says there is much work to be done on existing issues such as :
2) Democracy (he also calls for electoral reform in this pamphlet just published).
3) Citizenship / Britishness
5) International policy
Feel free to have a read.
My feeling is that in some cases the arguments need to be different than the ones we are posing now. On equality for example, some minority groups, white working class groups and women get paid less in aggregate.
On democracy and citizenship I’d go further and say we need a new constitution.
On immigration I’d go further and say the government needs a new welfare system that exclusively deals with temporary / new immigrants.
On the environment I’d go further and say we need massive new investment into developing renewable sources of energy technology.
Of course, none of these are new ideas or particularly ‘leftist’ in the old sense of the word. So do you have any new ones? Let’s hear them…
Image from the Fabian Pamphlet on electoral reform.
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