Imagining One Nation Britain

The idea of a “One Nation” Britain originally belonged to the Conservative Party, originating with Benjamin Disraeli who saw Britain divided into two nations, the rich and the poor.

In his 2012 conference speech Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, redefined his party as “One Nation” Labour. In a period of economic crisis and with the loss of public trust in the ability of politicians to renew our institutions and elevate the condition of the people, who now speaks for One Nation?

Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and the longest serving Chancellor of the Exchequer visited the IPA to launch our ‘Imagining One Nation Britain’ report. He talked about the importance of civic participation across the Union, and what would continue to hold the four nations; England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, together. He acknowledged the importance work of the ‘Imagining One Nation’ programme and highlighted that it had been developed at a critical juncture.

Please see below for audio podcasts of the events that formed a vital part of this research project.

  • Virtuous Citizenship and the Moral Values of One Nation

Virtuous Citizenship and the Moral Values of One Nation

  • June 12th, 2013

With inequality and poverty rising in the face of austerity and cuts to many public services, to what moral standards should we, as citizens, hope for a “One Nation” Britain to strive towards?

In our second “Imagining One Nation” event, Labour Party Policy Coordinator Jon Cruddas MP, former Shadow Secretary of State David Davis MP, LSE Professorial Research Fellow Prof […]

  • One Nation, Many Roots

One Nation, Many Roots

  • June 9th, 2013

If we are to unite the country as “One Nation” and “elevate the condition of the people” in times of stagnation, mass unemployment and austerity, there are certain realities that must be faced.

Mass immigration into the UK is often seen as having a detrimental effect on the employment prospects of British youth, threatening social cohesion, and placing a strain […]

  • Who Owns the “One Nation” and What Does It Stand For?

Who Owns the “One Nation” and What Does It Stand For?

  • May 15th, 2013

Benjamin Disraeli’s idea of a “One Nation” Britain has traditionally been associated with the Conservative Party. However, given Labour Leader Ed Miliband’s recent attempt to redefine his party as “One Nation” Labour, the question is now who owns this important political tradition?

Conservatives see themselves as the true “One Nation” party, fighting for social stability in an unequal country, while […]