The political tragedy of the British left is that unlike the right it cannot bear to synthesise its various strands – liberalism, social democracy, socialism – into one political grouping and one electoral proposition. It is not just that they need each other – socialism’s willingness to challenge private power is as vital a part of the alchemy as liberal social democracy’s understanding that, done right, it is capitalism that delivers enormous wealth.
We’ll be both socialist and capitalist in the one party! Something for everyone!
Yes, of course that’s Willy Bloody Hutton.