Monday, 6 May 2013

Response to Mulheirn and Jacobs debate

Alan Finlayson's response to Ian Mulheirn and Michael Jacobs' debate on the social market and its discontents.

"The debate between Ian Mulheirn and Michael Jacobs, published in Political Quarterly, provides a clear view of the fault lines that are taking shape within the British Labour left; divisions that do not derive simply from differences in tone, attitude or policy detail but which are rooted in fundamentally different conceptions of individuals, societies and government. Only when such differences are fully recognised can Labour properly clear the ground and coordinate a coherent political response to the coalition government. Accordingly, this response is intended to help clarify the ‘shape’ of these differences, indicating something of their origin and highlighting their political and philosophical orientation..." Read the full response here [pdf]