Letter No 42  by Mike Allott: back to directory

New directions for Labour and the left

In his speech accepting the Labour leadership, Gordon Brown said: "I believe in a British economy founded on dynamic, flexible markets and open competition." He was restating his commitment to economic liberalism, one of the key tenets of clause 4. He has also made clear his intention to deliver on our current market-driven manifesto.

It is therefore disappointing to read Seumas Milne arguing for change. If New Labour's style of neoliberalism is so unpopular with the electorate, why has the party been so successful? And why do so many other political parties now want to copy us?

Mike Allott
Eastleigh, Hampshire