The consequences of the General Election result continue to roll out. Such as: What does Croydon’s Labour-run council do with its very Ed Miliband-esque Fairness and Opportunity Commission?
“Fairness” is so redolent of the Milband era, it appears that Croydon’s Commission is being subtly altered before anyone notices, from a council-controlled inquiry into issues affecting residents, to a debating society with a sprinkling of Blue Labour “magic”.
Next Tuesday evening (July 7), Lord Glasman is the star turn at the Fairness and Opportunity Commission’s next session, being held in the public space in Fisher’s Folly from 6.30pm, where we are told that he will “speak and answer questions about the power of citizen-led change”.
Maurice Glasman is a London Metropolitan University academic and a key figure behind Citizens UK’s work. “He will give a short speech and answer questions from Commissioners and members of the public,” the organisers of the event tell us.
What they don’t tell us is that Glasman is the person who coined the expression “Blue Labour”. Blue Labour was initially portrayed as casting the Blair-Brown years as a missed opportunity to regenerate Labour politics in its attachment to values of cooperation, community, faith and identity, all that Arnie Graf stuff they borrowed from Obama.
But from originally being seen as a “guru” to Ed Miliband, Glasman’s thinking has more recently become viewed as a way forward for his party, a sort of New Labour MkII, attracting the likes of Tristram Hunt, John Cruddas and Liz Kendall.
Which makes Glasman’s appearance at a Labour-run council-funded event in Croydon at this juncture in a Labour Party leadership campaign – where Kendall’s candidature is being enthusiastically backed by Lambeth South MP Steve Reed OBE – seem most intriguing.
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