The system doesn't work for the majority of people—Labour must seek to unite themby James Schneider / February 12, 2016 / Leave a comment
In its 2015 manifesto, the Labour Party included something called a “budget responsibility lock.” This committed the party to, among other things, cutting the budget deficit as quickly as possible were it to win power. Though it may not seem like it on the surface, this manifesto pledge shares something in common with the chants of “Tory scum” by far-left activists heard outside the Conservative Party conference last year—both the pledge and the chants were made by people who don’t have hope for a better world.
If we want to build a more equal and democratic society, Labour must be much more ambitious. To get there, the party mustn’t abandon its principles—far from it. But we must leave behind our old way of doing things. We must abandon nostalgia for the post-war economic boom, along with aggressive chants and arcane arguments. None of those things will appeal to the low-and-middle income Tory and UKIP voters who the Party need to win over. Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party allows us to think big about a positive future and to plot a path to it.
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