Jon Cruddas

Living together apart

Stephen Bush  |  29 May 2012

The City and the City is a novel which tells the story of two city-states – Besźel and Ul Qoma – located in the same physical space but existing entirely separately of each other. The two nations have different politics, different economies, and different objectives. To an outsider, they are one and the same, but …

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Good King Jon

The Insider  |  25 May 2012

Your insider has been driving the poor editors mad while trying to hold out. They were practically breaking the door down. But Ed Miliband just would not shuffle his deck on deadline. If I did not know better, I would swear it was a grudge. So dear readers, we have a new shadow cabinet. Well, …

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Labour isn’t working

Robert Philpot  |  19 April 2011

New Labour's estrangement from working people is at the root of its problems. Blue Labour is where it should go next, Maurice Glasman tells Robert Philpot

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Something new, something blue

Editorial  |  11 March 2011

New Labour can learn much from engaging with Jon Cruddas' ‘blue Labour' agenda as it seeks to define its alternative to the Tories' ‘big society'

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Blue Labour too conservative

Stephen Bush  |  9 March 2011

While the 'Blue Labour' idea put forward by Jon Cruddas, Jonathan Rutherford, Maurice Glasman and others is superficially attractive, it isn't the way forward for New Labour or for our party.

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Big Society, Good Society?

Jonathan Rutherford  |  10 February 2011

The recent article by Jon Cruddas and myself has attracted both criticism and agreement, here and on other websites. As Anthony Painter argues, there is an important debate taking shape. So I'd like to expand on the original argument which is that Labour has to build its own conception of the ‘Good Society' and the best way of achieving this is to recognise that the future is conservative.

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Cruddas is right – but is Sir Humphrey listening?

Greg Rosen  |  3 February 2011

Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford have penned a powerful polemic, extolling the roots of English socialism in the 'militant defence of common life' and of 'individual labour and creativity against the unaccountable power of capital and against the usurpation of the state'.

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Beyond Tory or Labour conservatism

Philippe Legrain  |  2 February 2011

John Major once waxed lyrical about Britain as a 'country of long shadows on cricket grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and ... old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist.'

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Identity is more complex than nationality alone

Alison McGovern MP  |  1 February 2011

Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford do an admirable, if risky, thing. They try to define, or at least describe, English identity to help Labour reconnect with the English. Their argument goes like this: capitalism dispossesses the working class. Value is reduced to the price of land and labour. It denies the common value of public ownership of communal assets, and the self-worth associated with employment. New Labour joined global capitalist forces that undermine local identity, where every high street has a McDonald's. This, they say, is the problem with England. Labour did not ‘fight for an England which belongs to the English', and so it lost there.

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