Blue Labour and the state

The blue Labour campaign inspired by Maurice Glasman upholds that the labour movement emerged out of a groundswell of civic action and a desire for self-determination by individuals, families, communities and workforces, whose political horizons were not fixated simply on the state.

The ‘big society’ therefore belongs to the Labour party; David Cameron and the Conservative Party are uninvited guests.

There is of course an ideological confusion at the heart of blue Labour. The campaign seeks to rediscover the value of tradition and associative bonds, and create a politics of virtue; it associates this agenda with conservatism, which is why argument that Labour must become more conservative is in its DNA.

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Image: Christina Rutz