John Harris

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For real change, Labour should ditch its top-down thinking | John Harris

Genuinely modern socialism would revolutionise Westminster and Whitehall and disperse power to local government

Nearly every Jeremy Corbyn speech these days is punctuated by the words “in our society” – a basic indication of what the Labour leader thinks politics ought to be about and the terrain on which he feels most comfortable. And so it goes with Labour’s election campaign. The party’s prospects essentially depend on whether enough people are prepared to put the tortures of Brexit to one side and concentrate on the state of our social fabric.

If they are, Labour has an effective vocabulary to nail Tory failure, as evidenced by the words Corbyn used to launch his election campaign: “If you want to live in a society that works for everybody and not just the billionaires, if you want to save our hospitals, schools and public services from Tory cuts and privatisation, if you want to stop the big polluters destroying our environment, then this election is your chance to vote for it.” However bad his personal ratings, the potency of his moral kind of politics endures: on Tuesday, when he debates with Boris Johnson on ITV, it will be by far his strongest suit.

John McDonnell seems to have some of the right instincts about the state and how it should work

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