The British economy is tipping into a recession. After three election
victories, the New Labour project is exhausted. The Conservative
Party is now resurgent, attempting to reinvent its political traditions
and preparing for power. Britain is at a possible turning point. This
book critically engages with the ideas of the New Conservatives. Do
their politics provide any answers to the challenges that lie ahead?
What political direction might they take if they win the next election?
The left needs to take on the New Conservatism. It needs to
expose the weaknesses of its notion of a post-bureaucratic age. The
limited nature of its family policy and its contradictory ideas around
education must be challenged. Behind its self-confident image the
New Conservatism faces a crisis in its unionist politics, and it lacks
a coherent political economy to enact its pro-social politics. Political
schisms in the party are waiting to erupt, and it has already begun to
retreat from its earlier, bolder politics.
But the New Conservatives cannot be reduced to ‘Tory toffs’;
nor can Cameron be dismissed as a ‘shallow salesman’. This is a
serious attempt to define a new communitarian politics of the right.
If it succeeds, it will bring yet more insecurity and inequality. The
New Conservatives pose a significant challenge not only to a
demoralised Labour Party but to the wider progressive movement
as a whole. To meet this challenge Labour must reassert its own
social and ethical values and find its own alternatives to
Jon Cruddas, Jonathan Rutherford
Is the future Conservative? is edited by Jon Cruddas and
Jonathan Rutherford and published by Soundings, in association with
Compass and Renewal and supported by Media Department,
Middlesex University and the Amiel Trust
Land, Labour, Liberty ● This land is our land ● The crisis of conservatism ● Television and class ● The case for BBC reform ● The great British land sale ● The English radical tradition ● The World Transformed ● Book reviews ● and much more
And you choose how much to pay for your subscription...
As a wave of strikes is planned across London, Petros Elia – an organiser with the United Voices of the World Union, outlines racist outsourcing practices that implicate some of our biggest ‘socially responsible’ employers
Extinction Rebellion must recognise the impacts of colonialism and capitalism, and demand a just transition for all, argues Aranyo Aarjan
This summer, Irish LGBTQ campaigner Joseph Healy joined the Pride march in his home town of Newry. Here, he explains how life on the border has changed - and the stakes of Brexit installing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic
People are taking charge of land and housing across the UK, posing an alternative to the commercial market. But is it enough? Hazel Sheffield reports
2019 has seen climate consciousness reshape the political conversation around the world, but for this new awareness to make a difference, we need to get real about targets and timescale, write Souparna Lahiri, Niclas Hällström and Rachel Rose Jackson.
Austerity and neoliberal policy-making has led to the loss of some of our greatest assets and restricted the potential for social housing. Samir Jeraj explores how this has happened and ideas of how to stop it
The ideas underpinning Corbynism are deeply embedded in the English radical tradition. Reclaiming this tradition can play a key part in reinvigorating our ambitions for the future. By MICHAEL CALDERBANK with HILARY WAINWRIGHT