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To what extent has the labour party abandoned its core values?

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´╗┐To what extent has the Labour party abandoned its core values? The core values of a political party are their ideological ideas in which they strive to promote, if elected the privilege to control government. However some of the core values cannot always be fully implemented as is it all depends on the citizenry and what they want in society. This means that policies have to be changed to keep them modernized and innovative in order to be socially acceptable, a good example of this having to happen could be with the old Labour party. Throughout the 1980s the Labour party found itself completely divided with how to deal with the challenge of Thatcherism and the new right, the party?s position looked even more harrowing when the support for the Labour party was at a meager 27.6% of the popular vote in 1983. However the Labour leader of the 1990s, Neil Kinnock and other groups of reformers realized that change was needed for the Labour party to survive, the traditional socialist policies were no longer appropriate due to the changing nature of British society. ...read more.

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Social justice should always be exercised within society it influences principles such as equality and solidarity. Social justice is based upon the concepts of human rights and a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through taxation, property and income distribution. The policies aim to emphasize an equality of opportunity and equality of outcome within society which is a major Labour principle which they refer to greatly in their manifesto. An example to show the idea of equality of outcome in practice could be shown via the NHS. The NHS emphasizes that everyone is entitled to the protection of the state (Cradle to grave). In the year 2000 Labour announced their massive plans to reorganize the NHS to make it more accessible and beneficial to everyone. They focused on spending large amounts of money to see improvements within the health service as a body. Some of the improvements listed were things such as reducing waiting times to be reduced from 18 to 6 months by 2004, 7000 extra beds to be provided over the next four years ...read more.

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An example of redistribution of wealth can be shown through Gordon Brown?s tax credits to help low income families. Tax credits could have increased work incentives for those at the margin of employment and unemployment, the IFS estimated that the reforms brought at least 50,000 single mothers to part-time work. This example shows that the Labour party was being reflective of their core values by providing for all classes of society and more specifically the working class. Another example could be the ?sure start? program devised by Labour to help struggling families with parenting, this shows an emphasis on equality for all and reinforces Labour?s traditional social justice concepts. However the concept of things such as universal benefits has been questioned, they are predominately aimed at the most needy in society (?deserving and undeserving poor?) then rather to the whole citizenry, there have also been raised concerns that welfare benefits create dependency culture and are a disincentive to work and enterprise, if universal benefits were to be scrapped then it would go against the Labour core values of social justice. ________________ ...read more.

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