Jon Cruddas ebook launched – download it here

15th January, 2013 10:01 am

This morning I’m delighted to bring you LabourList’s first pamphlet/ebook “One Nation Labour – debating the future”, edited by John Cruddas. It contains a wide range of contributions by some fantastic writers and thinkers, and as I say in the preface:

“Working with Jon on the production of this pamphlet has been a real pleasure, especially in terms of his willingness to engage with Labour Party members and supporters on equal terms. Only by doing that – and including them (and the public at large) in the conversation that the party needs to have about the way ahead – can Labour be sure of making One Nation into a way of governing, rather than just a political slogan.

It is my hope that this pamphlet is a step on the way to doing that, and that in some small way this may come to be looked back on as a step on the road to a manifesto for a transformative Labour government. But we’re not there yet, and the debate must continue. Over at LabourList we’ll be ensuring that it does.”

I’ll be publishing Jon’s introduction to the ebook in full later, but here’s an extract to give you a flavour of what the whole project is about:

To meet the challenges ahead Labour needs to broker new and durable alliances across civil society, developing its digital communications and initiating and sustaining campaigns that build up its capacity for electoral success. To achieve this, the policy review cannot just be an internal affair of the party nor can it wrap itself up in our own jargon and preoccupations. We need to go to where the people are and listen deeply to what they are saying, not just to the things we want to hear about banks and bonuses but to what we find difficult to hear, for example people’s sense of the unfairness of the welfare system and the recent years of immigration. And we need to respond to people’s concerns by creating public debates that engage with the issues. In the process we will define One Nation Labour and the political life of the country. 

You can download the ebook here (or by clicking on the image below)- and don’t forget you can also join us for the launch event tonight.

One Nation Labour debating the future

  • Kulgan of Crydee

    I am not a Labour supporter although I can say I would vote for Labour if the policies were right. I do however want to hear what you have to say otherwise I could not make an informed choice. I have briefly looked over the document but will read it properly later. There is a glaring omission (or I haven’t found it yet) is that there is no mention of the European Union which has surprised me.

  • Gary Urquhart

    Like many of these
    pamphlets,,,”what’s not to like”. Thoughtful folk with positive
    contributions. But what voters are looking for now is less rhetoric
    and more postive and assertive action.

    Where is the free
    prescriptions throughout the UK, where is the regulation of bus
    services and the return of the railway to public ownership, Where is
    the commitment to reduce or abolish up front fees for university

  • Monkey_Bach

    Is any of this meaningful?

    For example the much vaunted compulsory Job Guarantee seems to be very much less than meets the eye. Apparently young adults under 25 would be provided paid work for 25 hours a week coupled with so called on-the-job “training” by their “employer” for a further 10 hours a week or face tough benefit sanctions. It is unclear whether such conscripts will actually be paid for the 10 hours earmarked for “training”. Being a ex-Labour voting cynical simian I suspect that the “training” may well turn out to be nothing more than wringing 10 hours of unpaid labour out of these poor people for the benefit of a private “employer” probably already paid a healthy stipend by the government to make use of the draftees in the first place. What is clear is that One Nation Labour hope that the vast majority of these Job Guarantees will involve handing citizens over to private profit making businesses rather than placing them in positions in the public sector or with charities.

    But then it was the Labour Party which pioneered modern British workfare.

    And abysmal Liam Byrne is Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

    Miliband’s One Nation Labour Party looks set to give billions of pounds of taxpayer’s money as subsidies to big private businesses like A4e and ASDA to help them to drive up their profit margins, undermining real job vacancies as companies replace job roles with subsidised compulsory short-term placements with no worker’s rights. I believe that “reciprocity” is the new euphemism for “forced labour” in vogue these days.

    The Job Guarantee looks set to boil down to nothing more than 25 hours a week on the minimum wage, coupled with 10 hours attendance at the employer’s premises without pay, for six months, with no worker’s rights under threat of destitution if you fail to toe the line.

    As far as demonising benefit claimants goes One Nation Labour seems intent on setting the pace if (dis)Honest John Mann is to be believed.

    (I’m hoping that this particularly malicious idiot will be proven to be a mouthy liar.)

    It’s going to be hard for those of us with a conscience to vote for cr*p people and cr*p policies like this. I think I’ll just stay up my tree and abstain from voting indefinitely.


  • Jeremy Cooper

    Which one nation is it? England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

  • Sharon Nayyar

    I really wish Ed Milliband would drop the resurrection of a conservative slogan and rhetoric of One Nation. Where are the Labour values, where are the reasons why the Labour Party was created and why are our Labour Parliamentary MPs distanting themselves from those values? Britain is 3 and a bit countries united and part of a a European and International global economy. Jingoism, nationism and centre politics is not what Labour was created for and definitely not why I joined the Labout Party. Labour Party founders championed equality and improving the lives of those who were not fortunate to have inherited wealth. Is quoting David Camerons favourite Conservative MP really the way forward. Keir Hardie is probably turning in his grave every move towards One Nation rhetoric and populism.


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