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The Prospect debate: red Tory vs blue Labour

Both Labour and the Conservatives have pledged to “strengthen communities.” But does the state help or hinder that? Maurice Glasman, father of “blue Labour,” takes on “red Tory” Phillip Blond

By Phillip Blond   May 2010

Dear Phillip 12th April 2010

Congratulations on your recent book, Red Tory. Your attempt to defeat Thatcherism within the Conservative party is one of the most courageous stories in modern politics. There is much that unites us: the importance of strengthening civil society and local communities, and the centrality of virtue in politics. The need to remoralise the economy, after a market storm climaxing with the City of London becoming the greatest welfare dependent in our country’s history, is also common ground between us.

I call my politics blue Labour, because I want Labour to place work, locality, and solidarity…

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