Jon Cruddas i New Statesman

Ett lästips från New Statesman om min brittiska favoritpolitiker, parlamentsledamoten Jon Cruddas.

”‘When you ask me about running for the leadership, for me that’s just a sterile debate,’ he says, gripping his mug of tea. ‘What we are doing in Dagenham is the front line of politics. We are building a new coalition at the grass roots – churches, the voluntary sector, civil society, anti-racist pressure groups. We are trying to put together a progressive campaign capable of taking on the BNP without retreating to the right.’

‘British politics has been based for so long on the idea that this is fundamentally a conservative country. I don’t believe that’s true, and I want to prove it.’ In other words, perhaps Cruddas is more ambitious than he is given credit for: his objective is not simply to change the person at the top of the Labour Party but to forge a new kind of party from the bottom up, based on a very different political consensus. ‘Labour is going to have to become much more pluralistic. In 2009 there can be no more command and control.'”

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