Recapturing our traditions? The rhetorical shift from New to One Nation Labour (and beyond)

Robinson, Emily Recapturing our traditions? The rhetorical shift from New to One Nation Labour (and beyond). In: Atkins, Judi and Gaffney, John (eds.) Voices of the UK Left: Rhetoric, Ideology and the Performance of Politics. Palgrave. (Accepted)

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Abstract

One Nation Labour was widely interpreted as an attempt to reconnect with Labour’s traditions. Yet, this was only possible because certain contentious questions seemed to have been closed during the New Labour period. Ed Miliband could therefore take a more conciliatory position towards the politics of memory than Tony Blair, while still ‘moving on’ from the past. There were, however, marked similarities in the way both leaders used the past to appeal to an audience both within and outside the Labour Party. Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership a more pronounced reversal in Labour’s temporal positioning has taken place. But while Corbyn’s use of history draws on a particular strand in Labour thinking, there is no ‘pure’ Labour tradition to which the party can return.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Rhetoric, Nostalgia, Labour Party, New Labour
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0101 Great Britain
Depositing User: Emily Robinson
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 16:09
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 16:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/64905
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