Jun 7, 2010

Ross McKibbin in the London Review of Books, reflecting on Britain's new political situation points that the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition isn't "as mad" an idea as it seems. "Bit by bit over its history Labour has come to accept the political institutions of the imperial state: monarchy, aristocracy, primitive electoral systems, independent nuclear weapons, the intelligence services (once thought the class enemy), the special relationship. Even the devolved governments were primarily a way of holding the Union together."
Good points all. And right on, about the monarchy.
How should the Labour party then "repent"? Ross McKibbin suggests "disowning" its immediate part and focussing on the Constitution, which is what the New Labour was supposed to do in the first place.
Good suggestions is all I have to say.
Another good point is made on "‘Faith’ schools, that "were allowed to discriminate since exclusion is their whole point". A ridiculous case of such a school was in the legal press a few months ago, and I'll comment on that once I unearth the relevant links. As far as I can recall, Britain's equivalent of the Supreme Court overruled the stupid school's policy and ruled that there was indeed discrimination against the rejected student.