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Should Labour embrace a blue future?
In the 2010 general election, it was won by the conservative party who became the governing party of Britain with the help of the liberal democrats in the form of a coalition. This victory saw the labour party lose their first general election since 1997 and it the 2010 general election was seen as a very poor performance for the labour, this could be due to the fact that labour lost a vast amount of votes across all social classes (Bill Jones 2010). These result clearly show in many eyes of many labour MPs that the new era of new labour is over and change is needed to aid the future of the labour party. A new direction for the labour party which became a valid option for the labour leader Ed Milliband was a blue labour vision which was first established after the defeat of the 2010 election by labour thinker Maurice Glasman and his blue labour vision that can defeat the coalition. (Maurice Glasman, The Observer,2011) This essay will firstly discuss previous labour governments to look at its roots of socialism and the transformation into new labour, it will then look at the point of what is blue labour and its principles, it will then come to the conclusion if labour should embrace a blue future. The old labour party were seen as a fairly left party and a socialist party with principles of socialism at its heart (Bill Jones 2010) which is any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy (The Free Dictionary). It seems that Ed Miliband is adopting ways of labour past with the approach of the one nation campaign which as the concept of that everyone has a part to play in society and wants to rebuild the economy which benefits everyone not as a few at the top, this to be in relation of the old labour statement of by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone.’(Ed Miliband 2012) It may be apparent that Ed Miliband is adopting ways of the old and modernising them into this his vision of a labour future which can be very appeal certainly to across all social classes especially the part about rebuilding of the economy and that everyone has a part to play, as labour want to build an economy that will benefit everyone from providing stable jobs from the working class and an economy that helps to profit business owned by upper class citizens. This left wing approach can resulted in electorate success as it applies to all social classes and doesn’t neglect any. However is not just a new version of old labour, this one nation is merely taking aspects of old labour traditions and modernizing them to enable them to be effective in today’s society. In 1997 when labour won the election it was the start of the new labour era which moved away from the past labour traditions. This shift in ideology can be deemed as very successful as it resulted in labour being in power for 13 years until its lost the 2010 general election but its wasn’t a clear cut majority win for the conservatives which saw them forming a coalition, this is provided evidence that the ways of the new labour party are still be effective in this modern world we live in. As in today’s society and the development of modern politics it may be that the ideas and ideologies behind the new labour party may still be relevant and it wasn’t the ways that were going to govern the country that lost them the general election of 2010 but voters voted against the labour party due to performance and valence politics which means that a vast amount of voters base their vote on information much of which the acquire from media and other sources, this leads them to rethink their views about individual parties and leaders (The British Journal of Politics & International Relations 2011 VOL 13, 283–303). Also base their vote how they believe...
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