Sunday, 15 March 2015

Stand For Parliament?

I can barely stand at all.

And I get to vote for a mainstream Left Labour MP who is local (Lanchester, in fact) and who is a pro-life Catholic. All-women shortlists are not as bad as people say that they are.

“David Lindsay has generated a brilliant reconciliation of the conflicting strains of the Labour Tradition and is worthy of the closest attention.” Dr Maurice Glasman, Lord Glasman of Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill; Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Director of the Faith and Citizenship Programme, London Metropolitan University; founder of Blue Labour.

“Current orthodoxy – both in economic policy and right across the board – has so manifestly failed us that we desperately need some fresh thinking and a different way of looking at our problems. That is precisely what David Lindsay provides.” Professor Bryan Gould, Labour MP for Southampton Test, 1974-1979; Labour MP for Dagenham, 1983-1994; Shadow Cabinet Member, 1986-1994; Leadership Candidate, 1992.

“Before Red Tory and Blue Labour there was David Lindsay. He was arguably the first to announce a postliberal politics of paradox, and to delve into the deep, unwritten British past in order to craft, theoretically, an alternative British and international future. It is high time that the singular and yet wholly pertinent writings of this County Durham Catholic Labour prophet receive a wider circulation.” Professor John Milbank, Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics, University of Nottingham.

And so on.

Commendations of a book that I know for a fact has been read by 11 of the 17 contributors to Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics, the political book of the year. I have never asked the others.

All in all, the cause is in rather better health than I am.

I am as Moses on the mountaintop.

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