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The Basics – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Democracy, Electoralism, Ideology, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

And also important, still, was what (Stanley) Greenberg called ‘the basics’: ‘One of the pre-occupations of Old Labour was a preoccupation with what the public often saw as “bizarre” issues: homosexuals, immigrants, feminists, lesbians, boroughs putting their money into peculiar things. Voters think that a serious party that represents the ordinary person focuses on things that matter to people in their lives, “addresses things that concern us”.’ After ten years of reform and modernisation, and despite the great strides taken by Blair, Labour was still a prisoner of its past.

A good point. It’s not that voters are particularly hostile to these issues, they just can’t be the defining issues of a progressive political party. Your core policy platform has to be relevant to the primary concerns of the bulk of voters…

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