‘It’s an English thing’ or ‘it’s for academics’ are two allegations we often hear made against Blue Labour, yet neither of these two statements are remotely true. Rather, Blue Labour is a restoration of the distinctly Scottish labour and trade union movement which grew out of the mutual improvement societies. More so, Blue Labour offers […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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.
This is the text of a speech Rachel Burgin delivered at the Blue Labour Conference in Manchester on 26th November 2016 It’s a real privilege to be asked to speak at this event. When I was first asked I said that even though I had done my fair share of academic work, I’m not really […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This blog is based on a mini-lecture, titled “success” given by Jeroen Jans for Radboud Reflects (Radboud University) at an art night in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Introduction In today’s society, there are two dominant assumptions: 1) we act out of self-interest, and 2) being successful means being highly educated and earning a high income. In […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It seems that the latest Scottish elections weren’t won based on issues such as affordable housing, the NHS, a decent working environment or qualitative education. The elections were based on the Constitution itself and in the eyes of many, Labour couldn’t make up its mind. At least, this is what the election result, in which […]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.
It is probably needless to say that the outcome of the referendum on British membership of the EU has shocked many. Most of us went to sleep, quite confident that we would wake up in pretty much the same situation. Nevertheless, all of us would soon discover that this was a serious misjudgement. As one […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It is becoming ever more apparent that there is a growing unease about Westminster’s control over the countries, which together form the United Kingdom. That the people’s annoyance is not based on phantasm is shown by a recent publication of The Economist, which stated that the UK is the most centralised states in Europe. In […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In this post I argue that Blue Labour has some important links with Flemish Christian Democracy, and that this has everything to do with their use of Catholic Social Teaching (CST), which emphasizes the importance of dialogue and cooperation. Historically, this has led to a strong emphasis on subsidiarity and intermediary structures, which I will […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It is abundantly clear that many in the party and in the wider labour movement do not understand what Blue Labour is. This is the case despite the second edition of a collection of essays being published last September after the first edition sold out. Naturally many committed to Labour don’t have the time to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.