A couple of weeks ago, this actual headline appeared in a British newspaper: ‘Free school meals: we’re all socialists now.’ It was at the top of a report about Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg’s promise at his party conference to give free meals to all primary school kids in Britain, which is apparently ‘a form of socialism’. A week later, pretty much everything that the two Eds – Miliband and Balls – said at their Labour Party conference was described as ‘socialism’. Miliband was christened ‘Red Ed’ for, among other things, promising to freeze people’s energy bills, which, almost unbelievably, the Guardian described as ‘Bolshevik-style’ politics.
Never mind the left-right panto – we need big ideas
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Footnotes and references
(1) Rethinking Social Policy, edited by Lewis, Gewirtz and Clarke, 2000, Sage Publishers