“Labour stands for big reform without big spending,” writes Jon Cruddas in the preface to his new pamphlet on the party’s recently completed policy review, a publication published today that claims to set out “Labour’s new approach in a time of financial constraint”.
One Nation: Labour’s political renewal is written by the party’s policy review coordinator along with writer and academic Jonathan Rutherford, who is part of the policy review team.
It outlines the political thinking behind the process, sets out what the authors see as the challenge facing Labour, and presents the case for the leadership’s ‘one nation’ approach to political and national renewal.
The policy review was “always about more than just developing a set of policies”, according to Cruddas: “We would rethink what Labour stood for and begin to redefine its politics in a time of financial restraint. Labour would transform itself from a 20th century political Party into a modern, democratic political movement for radical change.
“When Ed Miliband was elected leader of the Party, he said that Labour was beginning a long and difficult journey. We needed to do some hard thinking and set a direction of travel. The task of the Policy Review was to organise a political community to help build the One Nation political project and win in 2015.”
With that in mind, the review set to define policies for “a more human, inclusive, and sustainable political settlement”. According to Cruddas: “Labour is ready now to build an alternative to the political settlement pioneered by the New Right.”
The new settlement, he writes, will be built around “democracy and the power of association” – “the people’s protection against the power of both the market and the state”.
“A renewed Labour Party, together with an alliance of social forces, will build a new economy and a better future for our country. We win when we are patriotic and when we speak for a radical and promising sense of national renewal.”
One Nation: Labour’s political renewal, by Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford, can be downloaded here.