Yes, aspiration can be a socialist idea if the left can rid it of its baggage | Tom Blackburn

Rebecca Long-Bailey wants to reclaim the term to describe collective uplift rather than social climbing, says the New Socialists Tom Blackburn There were a few raised eyebrows last week when Rebecca Long-Bailey, at her slick launch event in Manchester, unveiled the cornerstone of her Labour leadership pitch: largely forgotten leadership bid in 2010, though the focus of his proposals was more on individual social mobility than any discernible commitment to socialist transformation. Long-Baileys vision of aspirational socialism is evidently more substantial, even if it has yet to be fully fleshed out. John Lewis shoppers. The trouble with this discourse on aspiration is that it doesnt reflect the reality of life in Britain since the financial crisis, whatever relationship it previously …

Labours task is not to make itself feel better its to win power | Tony Blair

The party will stay in the wilderness until it understands the very real needs of voters The good news is that there are a range of the election has been a mix of the lamentable and the laughable. You should never go backwards in politics. So this is not a plea for a return to 1997 or 2007. The times, the circumstances, the type of change needed are completely different. But Labour must get back the culture of winning. Because that doesnt change. The proximate cause of defeat was not complicated or hard to see, but simple and in plain sight. We put forward a leader and a manifesto that voters thought unacceptable to such a degree that many were …