This NYT article is worth a read but it has left me confused. Is the author suggesting that the Left must promote nationalism? For me this seems riddled in contradiction. Surely, the Left are passionately internationalist, frequently more Marxist than socialist these days, and curiously champions of Palastinian nationalism (rather than Arab Nationalism)? For centuries, traditional rightwing politics promoted patriotism. Perhaps, we too readily identify nationalism with fascism? But I agree with the author that multinationals are the real villains, offshoring jobs & not paying a fair share of tax. All views welcome
Theresa May’s op-ed in the Observer is a recommended read. She’s right to pitch towards the political centre ground – ‘one-nation conservatism‘ has a proud tradition going back to Disraeli. Alarmingly, the Labour Party has lurched towards the Far-Left – ‘New Labour’ under Jeremy Corbyn is totally different to ‘Old Labour’, built on compassionare socialism. To win the next general election, the Conservatives must deliver radical policies that will appeal to the political centrists. Since the crash of 2008 too many working and middle class families have suffered under austerity.