Adrian Pabst

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    Beyond liberalism – defining a new centre ground of Western politics

Beyond liberalism – defining a new centre ground of Western politics

The Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primaries are harbingers of a tectonic shift in Western politics, argue John Milbank and Adrian Pabst. Mainstream parties have converged in the centre while anti-establishment parties tend to combine a far-right stance on questions of identity and immigration with left-wing statism on welfare and the economy. We need to […]

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    Debate: Blue Labour is not a dead end, it’s part of the way forward – a response to Ben Margulies

Debate: Blue Labour is not a dead end, it’s part of the way forward – a response to Ben Margulies

The future direction and electoral strategy of the Labour Party is currently at the forefront of political discussion in the UK. One such idea has been that of ‘Blue Labour’: a re-connection with blue-collar voters, outlined in an article by Adrian Pabst. However, Ben Margulies critiqued this approach as being inherently conservative and backward-looking. Here, Adrian responds to these criticisms.

I welcome the […]

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    Blue-collar voters and the Left: Labour must reconnect with those it left behind

Blue-collar voters and the Left: Labour must reconnect with those it left behind

The tectonic plates of British politics are shifting. Insurgent parties such as the SNP and UKIP are challenging the century-old dominance of left and right. Whatever their ideological and policy differences, the new populists are anti-establishment and purport to speak for the voiceless, the angry and the disaffected – an appeal to working-class, blue-collar workers (often white and male) who […]