Blue- More Than Just a Color: In April 2009, Maurice Glasman, Reader in political theory at London Metropolitan University launched Blue Labour at a meeting in Bloomsbury. The idea embodies a belief that is fast gaining hold in British Politics, that the Labour Party can win the confidence of middle class voters through conservative policies on issues like immigration and crime.
The concept has been repeatedly questioned and criticized on various levels internationally.
The Reaction: Anthony Painter, a noted reporter with the Guardian observed that Blue Labour endorses views that hold immigration responsible for Britain’s economic misery. As per the concept in question, British universities do not need participation from best brains outside the country. Painter has expressed concerns that Britain might soon want to disassociate itself from any global collaborations and estrange all its supporters if it continues to harbor such sentiments.
Dan Hodges (The New Statesman) reports that in the light of these comments, Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford along with Marc Stears who have been Glasman’s supporters on the Blue Labour are re-evaluating their loyalties to the concept.
In an email to Hodges, Maurice Glasman has apologized for his comments. So far, the Labour Party has refrained from publicizing their take on the issue of immigration. It is clear that mass immigration harms the Party.
Blue Labour Is Not All Wrong: It is important to understand that Blue Labour does not attack elite immigration but only indiscriminate mass immigration of economically inactive subjects.
The evil of racism that has infamously followed Britain through the portals of history to the present day can be curbed by restricting immigration, as it has in the US.
The Party Talks: Labour Party continues to stand by its beliefs and support social diversity incessantly while a section of voters hold a completely opposite view. It is ironical that the Party stands to lose its position in British Politics, owing to the very ideals that catapulted it to power in the first place.
On one hand, while the Party silently supports Blue Labour, on the other hand, it also intends on keeping the social diversity intact. Although a tough balance to attain, it is still only a matter of time before they arrive at a feasible solution.