British Party Politics and Ideology after New Labour by Simon Griffiths, Kevin Hickson

By Simon Griffiths, Kevin Hickson

This book brings jointly teachers and politicians to discuss the highbrow roots of the information that presently force the most united kingdom political events. With significant avid gamers responding to the arguments raised in each one bankruptcy, the publication could be a must-read for an individual drawn to or educating British politics.

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As Kavanagh also points out, the Government willingly accepted constraints upon itself. Significantly most of these were of its own invention either as policies (such as independence for the Bank of England) or as a rhetoric of government incompetence and market virility to which the Government has held firm even in the face of the collapse in banking and finance that began with the sub-prime mortgage crisis in 2007. Limiting the extent to which it considered its own actions legitimate Blair’s New Labour also, as Kavanagh notes, did not consider social justice a priority.

Public ownership, trade union rights, high public spending, one-size-fits-all services and benefits) as much as ends (and criticised on those grounds by Crosland). Blair’s boldness was in ditching many of the means and even some of the ends. 6 Response Jonathan Tonge The contributions of Kavanagh and Finlayson highlight how the various inputs to Blairism make it a difficult ‘ideology’ to define. Helpfully, both authors demonstrate two points essential to any understanding of the complex relationship between Blair and social democracy.

3 The above are difficult to reconcile with most definitions of social democracy. Compared to his predecessors, John Smith and Neil Kinnock, Blair was open about his intention to show that Labour had changed, not just since 1979 but since 1992 also, and acceptance of the Thatcherite agenda was crucial to achieving this. It is telling that, in spite of tax credits, the minimum wage and big increases in child benefit and pensions, progress on social mobility and on greater equality have ceased. Why, therefore, have there been limits on active government and the social democratic agenda?

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