James Forsyth

Even the left is beginning to abandon the idea of change from above

Even the left is beginning to abandon the idea of change from above
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Soundings, the left-wing journal, has just released a book entitled The Crash: A  view from the left (you can download it for free here). Edited by Jon Cruddas and Jon Rutherford, it is—as the title suggests—an explicitly left-wing take on recent events. Unsurprisingly, I don’t agree with the book’s economics. Its contributors don’t see that the economic consensus in Britain was sadly not pro-market, but pro-corporate—a different thing entirely.

But what should interest Coffee Housers, is how even the left is moving away from top-down solutions. In their introduction, Cruddas and Rutherford call for a “socialism of equality, freedom and solidarity – not dictated by the few from above, but made by the many from below.”

In the leadership battle that will follow a Labour general election defeat, one of the main dividing line will be between those who believe in change from above—notably, Ed Balls—and those who want change from the ground up.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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