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January 08, 2012



Aside from your arguments here, I can barely think of any reasons why Labour shouldn't embrace an attack on managerialism. It's not something that has any appeal to ordinary party members, it would be lapped up by most Trades Unionists once they understood what was happening. It would give the party an enemy (as with businesses, this is always a good thing) and it'd provide ideological consistency and focus.

I don't agree with you that Labour MPs necessarily come from the managerial class either. I just don't think they're yet as immune to the overtures of managers as they are of out-and-out capitalist bastards.

The one good thing about the way that the political class behaves is that they can turn quite quickly. A few spiky newspaper columns attacking managerialism is almost all that would be needed to get that particular ball rolling.

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