The Red Book

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 16:58

RedBookFrontsmallThe Red Book is a collection of essays and thought pieces on political and economic policy that has been produced by Labour Left, a campaign grouping within the UK Labour Party that aims to generate ethically socialist policies and intellectually reclaim what it means to be Left.


There need to be fresh perspectives in the debate on the direction of change in Labour party policy in order to achieve future electoral success.


This is where Labour Left, and the Red Book, has its place. The writing in the Red Book aims to present a clear vision for a Labour Party and government of the future. Only by reaffirming Labour’s core values, but updating them for the modern setting, can the party hope to reconnect with its traditional base.


With the Red Book, Labour Left has found its voice.


Publication date: January 2012 (paperback)
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Part I: Introducing Labour Left and Ethical Socialism

A Place for Labour Left in the Great Labour Debate, by Andy Shaw
The Human Face of Socialism, by Prof. Beverley Clack

Part II: What now for the NHS?

The Betrayal of our NHS, by Richard Grimes
An NHS Which Belongs to Us, by David Taylor-Gooby
Commercialisation of Public Services, by Grahame Morris MP

Part III: Education: Unequal Resources, Social Mobility and Poverty of Aspiration

Archimedes or Stephenson?, by Chi Onwurah MP
Education, ‘a debt due, from the present to future generations’ by Dan Young (with input from Andy Shaw)

Part IV: Labour Left and the Importance of Ethical Economics

Consumer Debt, by Carl Packman
A Living Wage, by Teresa Pearce MP
Tax at the Heart of Labour Left, by Richard Murphy
Private Renters, the Forgotten Millions who Abandoned Labour, by Dr Éoin Clarke
Houses not to Blame, by Austin Mitchell MP
Labour's Co-operative Future, by James Doran
Recession: the Socialist Solution, by Austin Mitchell MP

Part V: Can Academic Philosophy Help us to Learn the Lessons of our General Election Defeat?

Understanding the Psychology of the Working Class Right Wing, by Rhiannon Lockley
The Real Lesson of New Labour, by Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge
Labour Winning in the South, by Thomas Gann

Part VI: Making Affordable Energy Compatible with Sustainable Energy

Energy Efficiency Provides One of the Keys to Affordable Energy, by Michael McAleer
Financial Benefits of Green Energy can Help Pay its Price, by Mark Brophy
Making the Case for Opening New Coal Mines, by Ian Lavery MP & Michael McAleer

Part VII:  Labour Left and Issues Beyond Class

LGB&T and the Next Generation of Reforms, by Dr Mike Homfray
What Now for Gender Equality?, by Sophie Bryce
Harsh Lessons for Labour if they Wish to Recapture the Christian Vote, by Graham Burnby-Crouch
A New Ethical Foreign Policy for Labour, by Mark Seddon
Labour Must Champion the Cause of the ‘Working Poor’ if We Want to Win the 2015 General Election, by Dr Éoin Clarke