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Keir Starmer desperately needs a philosophy—can Jon Cruddas help?

Despite some good ideas, Jon Cruddas’s new book is marred by his partial take on Corbynism

By Andrew Fisher   May 2021
Ideas man? Keir Starmer at the Hay Festival in 2019 Credit: Jeff Morgan / Alamy

Ideas man? Keir Starmer at the Hay Festival in 2019 Credit: Jeff Morgan / Alamy

Labour MP Jon Cruddas wants to “re-establish a public philosophy for the left” centred around work. The working class has suffered a loss of security and of esteem, he argues in his new book, and rebuilding that is Labour’s task. It is a call to arms for a coherent philosophy with which to define the party—something desperately needed by its current leader Keir Starmer, who describes this book as “an ambitious and essential read.”

Cruddas, who represents the East London constituency of Dagenham and Rainham, repeatedly lambasts the left for focusing on “cosmopolitan,” “urban,” “globally orientated”…

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