There is a land where New Labour stands for socialism, a land where the party’s founder Keir Hardie is held up as an icon.
That land is Scotland where last weekend Labour leader Wendy Alexander told the party’s conference that the difference between her and Scottish National Party (SNP) first minister Alex Salmond was that between “socialism and nationalism”. Her pledge to fight “right wing nationalists” was prompted by Gordon Brown’s need to stop support haemorrhaging to the SNP.
Alexander did not explain how Keir Hardie would have championed the private sector in the health service, the Iraq war or bloated class sizes. These Labour policies were the reasons the SNP won last year’s Scottish elections.
Anyone wanting socialism on either side of the border is not going to find it within New Labour.