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    New Labour v Old Labour: Political Ideologies

    The February 2005 edition of First Past The Post, tutor2u's new digital magazine for politics teachers and students, contains a special feature on the Labour Party.

    I am grateful to Russell Tillson (Editor of FPTP) to allow students without access to a subscription to download this article for free.

    The six-page pdf document can be accessed here:

    http://www.tutor2u.net/assets/fptp/f...new_labour.pdf

    The other articles in the Feb 2005 edition (devoted to political ideologies) are:

    Conservatives, Nationalism and Immigration
    Since losing power in 1997, the Conservatives have become increasingly opposed to large-scale immigration. This article examines the ideological issues arising from this shift in policy

    Liberals - Anything Left of Classical Liberalism?
    There are ideological tensions between classical and modern liberalism within current Liberal policies. This article examines where the Liberals stand now

    Opinion Piece: “Hunting, Democracy & Liberty”
    In this opinion piece, Russell Tillson argues the reasons why he believes that the Hunting Act is very bad law

    Mill, Political Correctness and the British National Party
    JS Mill argued for the principles of freedom of thought, expression and publication. What would Mill have made of the right of the British National Party to pursue their right wing agenda?

    Conservatives and Constitutional Reform
    Since 1997 The Conservatives have opposed recent constitutional reforms when initially proposed but have generally accepted those that have been introduced.

    Identity Confusion and the Conservatives
    The proposed introduction of identity cards in the UK raises the issue of libertarianism versus authoritarianism. For the Conservatives, this is a particular ideological problem to confront

    European Constitution
    Some European leaders seem fixed on creating a federal super-state. The ratification of the European Constitution is the next battleground for both sides of the ideological war over Europe

    European Referendum
    Referendums have been used sparingly in the UK. But now all parties are preparing for a referendum on the European Constitution which will define Britain’s role in Europe

    Old Labour versus New Labour: Brown versus Blair?
    Tony Blair’s New Labour has redefined what the Labour Party stands for. But will a change of leadership lead to a return to Old Labour values?

    More details on First Past the Post can be found here:
    http://www.tutor2u.net/acatalog/firs..._magazine.html

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    Old Labor is an irrelevent socialist philosophy that nevertheless owed more to methodism than marxism. If it was a movie it would be called Jurrasic Politics. New Labor is the same people fast forwarded into the the 21st century and realizing that they need to mimick the Tories to be credible.
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    Old Labor is an irrelevent socialist philosophy that nevertheless owed more to methodism than marxism. If it was a movie it would be called Jurrasic Politics. New Labor is the same people fast forwarded into the the 21st century and realizing that they need to mimick the Tories to be credible.
    OK - but have you read the thread posters links? :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by yawn)
    OK - but have you read the thread posters links? :rolleyes:
    Life's too short.
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    (Original post by Howard)
    that they need to mimick the Tories to be credible.
    indeed.
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    Life's too short.
    You will never learn anything new if you don't read.

    You need to expand your reading experience to become more 'well-rounded'.
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    (Original post by Jim Riley)
    Liberals - Anything Left of Classical Liberalism?
    There are ideological tensions between classical and modern liberalism within current Liberal policies. This article examines where the Liberals stand now
    If I was leader I'd turn the party's ideaology into classical liberalism. Could be a popular move. I have yet to read the 'Orange Book' though.
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    The third way is intellectually vacuous *******s that needs to be shot to death. Mimic the Tories? I think both of the main political parties are doing a fair amount of mimicing one another recently ('caring' Conservatism, more liberal social policies, very limited tax cuts). But it is veyr interesting to see that whilst Browns budgets have been redistributive(approx +/-8% of weekly disposable income for top and bottom quintiles if I recall correctly) it is far more of a means-tested and targeted nature than was the case with previous Labour governments, I think this is broadly a reflection of the target-obsessed culture in which we live.
    Interestingly enough, Robert Leach argues that 'Old Labour' was a radical aberration and Blair is as left wing as leaders like Attlee.Any thoughts on that?

    Oh,and "Much of New Labour’s agenda might therefore prove to have been a passing phrase" is the best typo ever.
 
 
 
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