A new e-book has today been published representing some of the recent debate about the future of Labour. It reproduces papers and responses to them from four seminars held in Oxford in 2010-11. Contributors include CTC Fellow Maurice Glasman and former Jellicoe Intern Stefan Baskerville. The e-book is entitled The Labour Tradition and the Politics of Paradox and is edited by Maurice Glasman, Jonathan Rutherford, Marc Stears and Stuart White.
One response to the publication has come already from Mary Riddell at The Telegraph. A mixed but intriguing review of the Blue Labour phenomenom, she identifies the opportunity and the hurdles to overcome in advocating a (small c) conservative turn for Labour’s renewal.
Yet although Mary Riddell refers to this new book as Blue Labour’s ‘Bible’, a more accurate picture is painted by David Lammy MP who describes Blue Labour not as an invitation for factionalism “but as an opening salvo in a conversation that involves people who hail from different traditions across the party”. The party is increasingly being given material to sink its teeth into as it searches for its misplaced sense of mission. The debate, regardless of who wins, will be stronger for it.