Brits, what was the difference between old Labour and new Labour?
Summarise for someone born in the '80s how the Labour party changed its character, and how people felt about it, whether it was considered a betrayal.
- BiffLv 76 months ago
'Old Labour', apart from a period in the early 1980s when it swung to the left under the disastrous leadership of socialist Michael Foot, was generally a centre-left party. The party moved back towards the centre under Neil Kinnock, and briefly under John Smith, during the remainder of the 1980s into the mid 1990s. 'New Labour' was a continuation of this progression towards the centre but was still a centre-left party that introduced reforms in welfare, pensions, education, health, employment rights etc. I don't think there was a huge leap further towards the centre but adopting the epithet 'New Labour' helped to distance the party from the image the Labour Party had gained in the late 1970s/early 1980s as a party of industrial unrest and high inflation and too close to the unions.
- RAH RAHLv 76 months ago
New Labour are a party for the wealthy middle class.
- ?Lv 76 months ago
Old labour at least put up some oposition. New labour can't even manage that
What they have in common is electing the most inappropriate leaders
- nineteenthlyLv 76 months ago
Old Labour actually had people in it who cared about the vulnerable members of society and fairness. New Labour was a bunch of psychopathic narcissists who were only out for themselves.