Comrades, It is very important to treasure and to strengthen our relationship with our political inheritance as well as our loved ones as Christmas approaches and the year ends. We can now understand more clearly than ever that without the affection and leadership of the working class, without a conservative as well as a radical […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The origins of the European Union are, in many ways, inspiring and almost miraculous. At the start, co-operation between France and West Germany was built on an economic strategy that gave not only dignity, but some power to workers. This approach recognised that in order to resist the domination of the market it was necessary […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Key note speech to the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History,13th Biennial National Labour History Conference, 11 July 2013 I would like to thank Nick Dyrenfurth and the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History for the invitation to speak here. I am happy as well as honoured to be with you for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Keynote address to Church Urban Fund Tackling Poverty Together Conference on 13 November 2013 I would like to thank Paul and the Church Urban Fund for your gracious invitation. My thanks are at many levels. The Church Urban Fund also supported London Citizens in its early years and the decade that I worked with them […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This talk was originally given at an LSE Department of Economics public discussion with Lord Skidelsky on 29 October 2013 A podcast of the event is available here It is wonderful to be here at the LSE. I’ve had debates with Michael Gove and Jesse Norman, and with Lord Skidelsky, but my fondest memory of the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Paper delivered to SPD event at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Berlin, 30 October 2013 I would like to thank Ernst and Anna and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung for the invitation to speak today. I am honoured by it and it is very meaningful for me. I will be talking about the need to renew our approach […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In the ashes of the federal election, the Australian Labor Party is seeking to rebuild after its lowest vote in more than a century. But where should it seek inspiration? While its acting leader, Chris Bowen, argues that it should become a party of individualism and enterprise, a British intellectual says Australian Labor and British Labour need […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is a brave man. Not only has he told payday lender Wonga he wants to “compete” it out of existence, but he was also the first prelate since Archbishop Laud in the 1630s to stand in the Lords and denounce usury. The Puritans cut Laud’s head off. I was there […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“The lives of the dead hang like a nightmare on the minds of the living,” wrote Marx. His words apply to the relationship between Margaret Thatcher and the Labour Party. She defeated us in life and her ghost was not laid at her funeral. Thatcher’s inheritance still sets the parameters of political rationality and government […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This lecture was originally delivered at the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (“CRESC”). It is a great honour to give the CRESC annual lecture this year. Your work has been an inspiration to all of us who have tried to stitch together the political position that has become known as Blue Labour. It is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.