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Parties, Unit 1

Socialism- Alive and Well?

The political parties are jockeying for position on the ideological spectrum. With Cameron embracing ‘compassionate capitalism’ and Ed Miliband seeming to U- Turn on the issue of cuts and austerity.

Socialism has been seen as a largely defunct concept in British Politics- since Labour became New Labour in the 1990s- however its had a few mentions in the press this week. In Unit 1 when you’re looking at political parties you will need to know about ideologies (socialism etc) and the views of the parties.

Anyway I spotted this interesting piece on the DNA of socialism in the UK by Tristam Hunt.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/20/britain-socialism-psyche-cameron-capitalism

Tristam Hunt himself is an interesting figure- he’s the son of the Labour peer Lord Chesterton, and following a spell as a research fellow at the IPPR he became a TV historian and protege of Lord Mandelson. In 2010 he was parachuted in as the Labour candidate for Stoke Central. However, he was seen by the local party as a New Labour man and former leader of Stoke Council Gary Elsby stood against him as an Trades Union candidate. In a battle of old and New Labour- New Labour won, but it was one of the closest contests seen in the safe Labour seat of Stoke Central for decades.

 

 

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