Joining the dots? Labour’s State of the Economy conference

Notes from a Broken Society

Yesterday in London, the Labour Party held its State of the Economy conference, in which more than 700 Labour members came together for debate on the Party’s economic policy for the next election and beyond.

It’s remarkable that this event should have happened at all.  Economic policy has long been untouchable, forged by the professional party leaderships and machines without democratic involvement.  One of the most remarkable – and potentially important – achievements of the Corbyn leadership has been to blow this consensus open.  In the part year John McDonnell has formed his economic advisory committee, comprising some of the world’s leading economists, and has organised a tour of meetings throughout England at which these experts have led debates among Party members, as part of a process of developing a new approach to economic policy to replace the one that failed in the 2015 election.  No previous party leadership…

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