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To what extent is the Labour party still committed to its traditional principles?

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´╗┐To what extent is the Labour party still committed to its traditional principles? The Labour party, traditionally, are a promoter of social democracy; a form of socialism which aims to reform the capitalist society to reduce inequality and promote social justice. These values could be seen in the Labour party in the old Clause IV which supported equality, redistribution of wealth, social justice, nationalisation, full employment and welfare for all; this clause was amended by Blair in 1995?thus marking the beginning of ?New Labour?. The means of upholding these values were through a mixed economy?a free market with heavy interest in the public sector, with financial support for the hospital and school systems as well as other public sector industries. ...read more.

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It was replaced by commitments to the free market, environment, the end of discrimination and equality of opportunity for all. Blair claimed that this was a new understanding of social democracy?that New Labour were still committed to the socialist policies such as social justice, despite abandoning common ownership. It can be seen, therefore, that New Labour are not as committed to the party?s traditional principles, branching away from one of the largest policies that the party held?and introducing new principles for the party to focus on, taking focus away from the traditional ones. New Labour is not as committed to an equal redistribution of wealth?whereas the previous Labour party approaches were?however, a main concern for them is ensuring equality of opportunity. ...read more.

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This shows that New Labour is still committed to equality for the people, especially in terms of opportunity. But, in terms Blair would use, modernising their approach?to both increase support for their party, and to integrate into the modern society. Overall, it can be argued that Labour has distanced itself from the social democracy implemented by previous Labour governments and therefore the traditional principles; shown by the abandonment of nationalisation and the Keynesian economic approach. However, it is also apparent that New Labour is committed to other traditional principles, such as equality of opportunity?which can be seen as a modernisation of Labour?s equal distribution of wealth. ...read more.

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