New Labour or the Normalization of Neo-Liberalism

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Bob Jessop

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here:

‘New Labour or the normalization of neo-liberalism’, British Politics, 2 (3), 282-88, 2007.


For some, the landslide victory of the Labour Party in 1997 held the promise of a reversal of the socio-economic transformation of Britain that had been achieved through nearly eighteen years of Conservative government. But it did not take long for the Blair government to disappoint these hopes. For, in many ways, the three successive Labour Governments under Blair’s continuing authoritarian plebiscitary tutelage have deliberately, persistently, and wilfully driven forward the neo-liberal transformation of Britain rather than halting or reversing it. And, as Blair proudly proclaimed at the 2005 Labour Party Conference, every time that he has tried to introduce modernization, with hindsight he regrets that he has not been more radical. Moreover, having announced that he would not serve a…

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“Extremist”: My government’s latest ‘label’ for me!

Brainwashing
Cognitive dissonance

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Watching UK parliament in action is not something I do very often because I find the levels of cognitive dissonance too great to tolerate, but there are exceptions and yesterday was one.

The debate centred around a request from the opposition for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of the variety of welfare cuts affecting the sick and disabled in the UK.

During the debate, an MP from the government benches made an allegation, repeated several times, that some of the disability activists who has been trying (repeatedly) to meet the Government to discuss the impact of cuts were ‘extremists’. The reason, apparently, is due to the fact that these ‘extremists’ refuse to accept that government changes to their personal situation are ‘constructive’. I’m not going to go into detail about this because the subject has been covered by other ‘extremists’ more knowledgeable than me

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“As I Please” Column for Tribune,13th May 2016: On The New Philosophy

Martin Rowson does it with words, beautifully…

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A couple of weeks ago I went to watch my wife graduate with her MA in philosophy (with distinction, thank you very much) from the wonderful Birkbeck College in London. And apart from bursting with pride at yet further proof of how much smarter than me she is, it’s also worth recording that the intellectual quality of a lot of our conversation has risen exponentially, thanks entirely to her studies.

That said, I’m enormously relieved that she’s chosen to concentrate on realms of philosophy I can sort of begin to understand, and that she’s carrying on with ethical and political philosophy in her studies towards her MPhil, still at Birkbeck. This, in turn, means my head doesn’t start hurting too much over breakfast as I desperately try to remember what “hermeneutics” means, or attempt to follow her down philosophical culs de sac of the kind constructed by the likes of…

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Morning Star workers defy Tory anti union laws

It makes a solid point

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Workers at the Morning Star newspaper staged an unofficial 5 minute strike today in open defiance of the Tory government’s Trade Union Act.

The brief walkout — taken after a workplace ballot this morning and coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the end of the General Strike — was a solely political strike to show the National Union of Journalists and Unite the Union chapels’ opposition to the new Act.

James Rodie, father of the NUJ chapel at the paper, said: “Nine days ago the biggest attack on workers’ rights in a generation got the nod from the Queen and passed into law.

“While elements of the Act were watered down, it remains at heart a rotten assault on British democracy, seeking to take away workers’ ability to defend themselves against further attacks on their living standards and wages and the continued fragmentation and sell-off of the public sector.

“We…

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So Who is Frying the BBC Fish?

THERE’S a very strange drama unfolding at the BBC. It’s a slow burning political thriller in which the final episode has yet to be written. The latest trailer for this drama was unveiled on Sunday …
“It’s not their BBC, it’s your BBC. In many ways, the BBC and Channel 4, which they are also attempting to eviscerate, are the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it, not let it go by default”
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So Who is Frying the BBC Fish?

“It’s not their BBC, it’s your BBC. In many ways, the BBC and Channel 4, which they are also attempting to eviscerate, are the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it, not let it go by default.”

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THERE’S a very strange drama unfolding at the BBC.

It’s a slow burning political thriller in which the final episode has yet to be written.

The latest trailer for this drama was unveiled on Sunday evening when David Cameron’s Conservative government came under unprecedented attack at the BAFTA TV awards, where the BBC swept the board with double wins for the Mark Rylance drama Wolf Hall.

The tone for the evening was set by Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky, who was given a standing ovation by the audience of TV stars and industry executives when he accused the government of trying to “eviscerate” the BBC and Channel 4.

Mr Kosminsky said: “In the week in which our secretary of state John Whittingdale described the disappearance of the BBC as a tempting prospect, I’d like to say a few words in defence of that organisation.

“It’s not their BBC…

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