On 21st August I will be publishing a short book:
Labour’s failure and my small part in it: a memoir for my grandchildren
It will be made available free of charge as a download on this site and my personal website http://www.martynsloman.co.uk. I also intend to produce a Kindle edition. The book is based on my experiences of 50 year’s activism, my despair about the current state of the Labour Party, and the steps that we need to take to regain credibility.
The political content is based round nine propositions.
- The Labour Party’s purpose should be the promotion of social justice, the elimination of poverty, and the protection of the less able.
- Many activists in the past have been motivated by their experience of class prejudice – hopefully future generations will not suffer in the same way.
- Progressive governments will always disappoint. Election victories will be built on over-optimistic expectations and will be followed by problems of implementation.
- The 1984-5 Miners’ Strike marked the end of politics based on class awareness and industrial action.
- Tony Blair’s politics of progressive centrism can no longer be a model for the future, but to date we have failed to develop an alternative coherent policy framework that can inspire.
- If the Labour Party is to survive it needs to develop a clear statement of how modern global capitalism can be organised to deliver growth without producing obscene levels of inequality, and how that growth can be harnessed to fund a well-managed welfare state.
- Such a statement and the related policies can only be developed on an international basis.
- The Labour Party of my lifetime has failed to provide an economic model that can deliver a just society and then go on convince others of its value.
- There may be little immediate prospect for Labour as a party of government. This does not diminish the importance of the cause of social justice.