Labour’s problems in perspective

Ross McKibbin’s analysis in the current issue of the London Review of Books is well worth reading . . .

“Labour’s problems aren’t very different from those of other Western social democratic parties. Over the last twenty or thirty years the great social democratic parties of Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand (and now France) have bled support, usually for the same reasons: the severe decline in the size of the manual working class; the adoption of neoliberal trading and financial policies, which accelerated that decline; the end of socialism as a mobilising force; increasing ethnic heterogeneity; the dying away of a generation that remembers the 1940s; the emergence of a self-seeking political elite . . . ”

The whole article is downloadable here:

Ross McKibbin · Labour Vanishes · LRB 20 November 2014

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