October 11, 2007

THIS WEEK? WHERE WAS SHE ALL THROUGH THE BLAIR YEARS?:

This was the week that Labour's leaders left social democracy for dead: Brown's capitulation to the Tory agenda and refusal to make the case for equality has shipwrecked his party (Polly Toynbee, October 12, 2007, The Guardian)

This was more than a horrible humiliation for the prime minister. This was the week that social democracy ebbed away in England. Those words had already slipped from Labour's lexicon, never spoken by its leaders in public, rarely spoken outside the privacy of Fabian meetings and Celtic parliaments.

In 1994 Tony Blair and Gordon Brown purged socialism when they forged the New Labour project: Clause Four was indeed an archaic nonsense. This week Brown and Darling all but killed off social democracy too. We now have a centrist government in Europe's most unequal country. Our government stands somewhat to the right of Angela Merkel's coalition in Germany, to the right of economic policy in France, where Nicolas Sarkozy has absorbed social democrats. Fusion politics, like fusion music and food, is one description of this strange death of the centre-left.


Odd to tick off the other states that have moved Right but think it "strange" your own has.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2007 8:02 PM
Comments

What, pray tell, is social democracy? I know what democracy is - both participatory and representative - but what is social democracy? I always assumed that a society of some sort was necessary if there was to be a need for government, so that seems to be a redundant word.

Or does it mean "we'll allow you plebes to vote, but don't think that you actually have any influence on anything. We'll dictate all of the rules and regulations that you must follow as we see fit."?

(Sounds like rule by aristocracy, but without the classy titles.)

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 12, 2007 7:54 AM

It's the same as, but different than a socialist republic.

Posted by: Dave W at October 12, 2007 9:38 AM

Social democracy means we're all equal.

Posted by: erp at October 12, 2007 10:26 AM

But the bureaucrats are more equal than (all) others.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 12, 2007 10:59 AM

Natch.

Posted by: erp at October 13, 2007 8:04 AM
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