Comrades, Gratitude is not a very left wing sentiment. It implies benevolence and a kind of subservience. It engenders acquiescence to the status quo and a complacency about inequality of power. And yet, for all that, I like gratitude. It brings with it a certain grace and the right kind of love based on gift, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Liam Stokes Labour has a rural problem. I have written that so often recently that it’s becoming a mantra, but I’m not the only one saying it. Despite an insurgency in the South West, where a wounded Liberal Democrat party haemorrhaged votes to Labour, the progress made in the 2017 General Election largely bypassed […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
by Sebastian Milbank Blue Labour is frequently accused of being ‘sentimental’ and of ‘romanticising’ everything from the working classes to British history. This accusation is not uniquely levelled at us however – it’s thrown at anybody who challenges the prevailing liberal consensus on everything from migration to marriage and the family. It isn’t just hurled […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
By Jeroen Jans Post-Brexit, the Labour Party has focused on how to deal with the bill that allows the government to trigger Article 50. This has proven to be generally unsuccessful. At first, the amendments were defeated in the House of Commons, after which two were passed in the House of Lords, only to be […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By George Wasserhouse Britain loves its railway. It was one of our country’s finest inventions. Its sense of nostalgic romance still captivates us and is reflected in the popularity of our many heritage lines, steam charter trains and television programmes. Many stations are looked after by enthusiastic community groups that maintain flower beds. Its respectable, […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
‘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.