Return to society.

Cruddas, Jon and Rutherford, Jonathan (2009) Return to society. In: What next for Labour? Ideas for progressive left: a collection of essays. Harrington, Peter and Burks, Beatrice Karol, eds. Demos, pp. 19-24. ISBN 9781906693176

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The Labour government faces the abyss. The Conservative
party cannot break from the discredited orthodoxies of its
past. It has failed to win people’s trust and can only hope for an election victory on a minority of the vote. Bereft of a credible economic strategy it will divide the country. The politics of both parties now belong to the past, not to the future. As Gramsci said, ‘the crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born.’1 The MPs expenses scandal, the constitutional crisis and the profiteering of the banking oligarchy, are all morbid symptoms of this interregnum. We do not know what the next election will bring nor can we predict the fate of the Labour party. The task now is to begin building a progressive left movement that unlike New Labour will break with the legacy of Thatcherism and establish a new hegemony.

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