Hilary Wainwright writes for The Guardian:
The only candidate worthy of election is one who can be a voice for a politics that aims to put democracy in control of markets: that is, a party leader unlike any we have seen before, a politician who acts as one voice supporting a movement of many voices, coming mainly from outside the political class.
Here we might take off the shelves Parliamentary Socialism, the classic book on Labour by the late Ralph Miliband, David and Ed’s father. Miliband Sr analysed how Labour’s deep attachment to parliament, and the British state, overrides episodic and largely rhetorical commitments to socialist change. As he put it, “Of political parties claiming to be socialist, the Labour party has always been one of the most dogmatic – not about socialism, but about the parliamentary system”.
The full article is available here.
Hilary Wainwright’s book Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy is available in hardback.