A manifesto without a party

We believe that a sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves is a fundamental part of being human. Taking pride in our local, regional and national community is a vital expression of that.

We believe that pride and service for our communities is not just for individuals, but should be at the heart of all our organisations – including private companies.

We believe that deep inequalities damage not just individuals but whole communities.

We believe that our country is not defined by a particular faith, culture or ethnicity, but embraces everyone who wants to work together for the common good.

We believe that our country is at its best when we find practical ways of expressing humanitarian concern for others’ suffering.

We believe that the National Health Service is one of the greatest achievements of our past, but that resourcing the NHS requires a new funding settlement that no political party has yet had the courage to face up to.

We believe that our organisations work best through constructive relationships between management, staff and unions, including profit-sharing between workers and worker representation on company boards. We believe that neither corporations nor trade unions should have privileged access to major political parties.

We are sceptical of a European Union that has become distant and incomprehensible to many ordinary people. Whilst believing that international co-operation across and beyond Europe is an essential part of our future, we are not prepared to take the economic benefits of the Union whilst ignoring the costs of the free movement of labour on low paid workers and communities with over-loaded infrastructure.

We believe that a strong defence is essential in an unstable world and regretfully accept that, for now, a nuclear deterrent remains one element of this. We are committed to pursuing the removal of weapons of mass destruction by multilateral agreement around the world.

We are the majority of Britain.

And there is no political party that represents us any more.

Why I’ve started this blog…

I have been a Labour supporter for most of my adult life. I’ve had my doubts about the Party at times. I dallied with the SDP in the 1980s and wondered whether the Lib Dems were the more genuine centre-left option at times under New Labour. But I always came home to Labour. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 sparked deep disillusionment in me, but I hoped that things would be better under Gordon Brown. Even when that didn’t work out, I still kept faith with the Party under Ed Miliband.

But now my doubts are as great as they’ve ever been.

You see, I believe that we need a Government that genuinely governs for the whole country, that is committed to building up our communities and recognises deep inequality as a fundamental problem for any decent society.

But I am no longer sure that Labour can practically deliver on that by winning a national election.

This blog isn’t meant to be a personalised attack on anyone and I have great respect for many good people who’ve dedicated themselves to trying make Britain a better country through service to the Party.

It’s time, though, honestly to face the fundamental challenges that the Party faces if it is to become a serious party of government again. And if it can’t do that, then it’s time to think about what political life after Labour might mean.