Tuesday, 19 July 2011
The Guardian has a pre-emptive attack on Maurice Glasman, or Lord Glasman as he now is, the Ed Miliband adviser who is due to release a Fabian review document in the near future which is expected to call for dramatic cuts in immigration as a way to re-connect with ordinary people. This has been dubbed the Blue Labour project.

The Guardian hit piece is just more of the usual "we need it for the economy, keep them coming" drivel.
The left must be careful that the very real concerns and fears people have aren't turned into a politics of scapegoating. ...Blue Labour's anglo-centrism is economically illiterate and could also become politically toxic and socially divisive. It was fun for a while but now it's getting serious.

I've blogged about Glasman a few times before. New to me, though, and perhaps the only interesting thing in this article, was a reference to what Glasman had said about the EDL in a recent interview.
Perhaps most controversially, Glasman calls on progressives to recognise their ‘responsibility for the generation of far-right populism', currently manifested in the growth of the English Defence League. ‘You consider yourself ... so opposed that you don't want to talk to them, you don't want to engage with them, you don't want anybody with views like that anywhere near the party.' This, he believes, is to ignore ‘a massive hate and rage against us' from working-class people ‘who have always been true to Labour'. The solution, he says, is ‘to build a party that brokers a common good, that involves those people who support the EDL within our party. Not dominant in the party, not setting the tone of the party, but just a reconnection with those people that we can represent a better life for them, because that's what they want.'

That process begins, argues Glasman, by understanding that ‘working-class men can't really speak at Labour party meetings about what causes them grief, concerns about their family, concerns about immigration, love of country, without being falsely stereotyped as sexist, racist, nationalist'.
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1 comments:

Johnny Rottenborough said...

The solution, he says, is ‘to build a party that brokers a common good, that involves those people who support the EDL within our party. Not dominant in the party, not setting the tone of the party, but just a reconnection with those people that we can represent a better life for them, because that’s what they want.’

I’d like to be well-disposed towards Glasman but his woolly thinking makes it difficult. If his new common good party isn’t going to adapt its tone to the views of the EDL supporters he’s keen to attract, why would they join? In the hope of jam tomorrow?

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