by Capel Lofft Few people would immediately associate the modern Left with a spirit of delight and celebration. The popular image is of purse-lipped puritanical preaching, interspersed with a good dollop of hypocritical Bollinger bolshevism – quaffing a nice glass of something cold and sparkling with one hand while finger-jabbing at the plebs’ pleasure in […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
by Jonathan Rutherford The Brexit party has energy, clarity and purpose. Nigel Farage is redefining the national political debate around democracy and the nation. The political class, he argues, never intended to allow Brexit. They have humiliated the country, shown contempt for democracy and they are now betraying the people. His message is national redemption. […]Continue Reading... 9 Comments.
Brexit, Trump, and the rise of populism signal the end of liberal hegemony in the West. Our political task must be to reject narratives of inevitable progress and build a democratic common good. by Jonathan Rutherford Taken together, the financial crisis of 2008, Brexit, Trump, the rise of populism, all signal the end of a […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
By Jonathan Rutherford I got to know Roger Scruton because, being Blue Labour, I was interested in conservative thinking and he is England’s foremost conservative thinker and our country’s most eminent philosopher. He explained conservatism to me as liberalism taking a pause. The New Statesman might consider a pause having succeeded in getting him sacked […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
Hi All, You know what this letter will say, but before we turn our attention to the central matter of how to be nice to your Mum this Christmas, I thought it would be good to continue with the tradition of the Christmas Message. Last month I gave a talk in Najaf to Shia Muslim […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Labour Conference just wouldn’t be the same without a Blue Labour event, and this year we’re excited to announce we’re back. Date: Sunday 23rd September Time: 14:30-16:00 Venue: Avenue HQ, 17 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP (just outside the secure area) We’ll be discussing our post-Brexit Blue Labour vision, with an excellent panel chaired by […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Maurice Glasman and Jonathan Rutherford We read your essay on Corbynism and Blue Labour with interest. Your focus on the issues of sovereignty, the people and the nation are all critical terms in the debate around Brexit. They are central to our times. The populism fueled by unequal economic growth, a loss of trust […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
To follow on from the great event we had in early July, we’re delighted to announce a discussion on Tuesday, 24 July. Same place: The Ship pub (68 Borough Road, London, SE1 1DX – in the upstairs room) Same time: 6PM We’ll be discussing Jonathan Rutherford’s article, first posted on the New Statesman and then […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Photo by Andy Miah by Jonathan Rutherford It is nearly three years since the Labour Party underwent its revolution with the election of Jeremy Corbyn. Despite the claims for a new kind of politics, there has been no development of a public political philosophy to match this transformation. The party is both utterly changed and […]Continue Reading... 5 Comments.
An announcement from Blue Labour London organisers Anna Jones and Rowenna Davis: Dear Friends, We’re delighted to announce a Blue Labour event on 3 July – with an exciting discussion planned: What Would a Post-Brexit Blue Labour Britain Look Like? – Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan – Caroline Badley, Community campaign organiser and consultant – […]Continue Reading... No Comments.