Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Changing the communications language is unlikely to be enough

"...what we now need to see is more patriotic language in Labour’s communications" says Joe Jervis in this LabourList article on Labour's approach to "awkward questions around immigration, national identity, patriotism and nationalism":  http://labourlist.org/2014/06/progress-through-patriotism-how-labour-can-combat-the-nationalist-right/

Changing the communications language is unlikely to be enough - it will be seen as inauthentic.

Labour's problem is that they do not believe in the nation state as the organising unit of society.

No amount of window dressing is going to disguise this.

Their only hope of being seen as authentic is to be out and proud about their commitment to internationalism - free and easy attitudes to immigration, a commitment to international trade unions, an ethical foreign policy etc.

And don't over-force the prescriptions - a National Windrush Day sounds ghastly even for hardened lefties.

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