July 1, 2011

LATHER. RINSE. REPEAT.:

How Blue Labour can outflank the coalition: There is a huge opportunity for Ed Miliband to borrow and adapt thinking from the centre right. (Neil O'Brien - 30 June 2011, New Statesman)

When political parties have been in government for a long time, they run out of new ideas. After their crushing defeat in 1997, it took an awfully long time for the Conservatives to even refresh their thinking. The process of intellectual renewal didn't begin in earnest until after 2001, when a new generation of think tanks were created to modernise the centre right.

Something similar is needed now on the centre left. A process of renewal is slowly starting. New groups like the Resolution Foundation are doing interesting work on stagnating wages. The Blue Labour project is interesting, as any group involving both James Purnell and Jon Cruddas is likely to be.

The problem is that this new thinking won't come to fruition for years yet. And that leaves Ed Miliband awfully exposed. Why not borrow and adapt some thinking from the centre right? There are plenty of opportunities to outflank the coalition.


This is modern politics in its entirety. It's not so much that the party runs out of ideas but that, sooner or later, the First or Second Way wings of the conservative and liberal parties respectively are able to slow the Third Way momentum that brought the party back to power. The electorate promptly rejects any such retrograde motion and returns the party that was in the wilderness, which has in the meantime accepted the need for it to adopt Third Way policies. This cyclical politics will continue until one or the other party reforms itself permanently (W and Rove tried getting the GOP to do).


Posted by at July 1, 2011 6:25 AM
  

blog comments powered by Disqus
« MOST OF YOU SWINE DON'T EVEN CELEBRATE PATRIOT'S DAY: | Main | FIRST YOU HAVE TO DEHUMANIZE THEM: »