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Phillip Blond is right to call for more employee share ownership, workers’ buyouts, equity guilds and asset co-operatives, with ownership wedded to the earning of wages. To attack big business and its mass immigration; to excoriate the impact of the supermarkets on small business and agriculture; to denounce Marx as “just another dispossessor of the poor.” And to laud Chesterton and Belloc.

But he is absolutely wrong to speak of “welfare serfdom,” or to write off “the trade unions as institutions permanently wedded” thereto.

For one thing, of course, trade unions are specifically about jobs, not welfare. A movement “owing…

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