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Red Toryism and Blue Labour are not progressive

By Ryan Shorthouse  

Nostalgia for a "golden age" of British communities has no place in truly progressive politics

Philip Blond’s Red Toryism and Maurice Glasman’s Blue Labour contain essentially the same sentiments: nostalgic communitarianism. These new narratives are understandable attempts to show empathy with those who feel left behind and short-changed by the Thatcherite revolution, to reconnect with those who shunned politics and stopped voting some time ago. Hungry to hoover up potential electoral support, the ideas have gained currency among Westminster strategists.

But these philosophies risk lionising some dated and…

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