Slightly ashamed that I haven't written anything for this blog for some
six months, but the current state of UK politics is so depressing that I
don't feel obliged to offer much else in the way of excuse. Anyway,
here's a small philological contribution just to keep it rolling.
In a thoughtful essay on the openDemocracy website Professor Cas Mudde recently analysed the prospects for a return to social democracy in Europe. He was not optimistic, expressing a view that "(Real) social democracy is not just unknown to several generations of voters, but it is contradictory to their individualist or ethnicized worldview", a case for which he offered several strong arguments.
I commented on his essay to say that a major part of the problem was the refusal of the rump of New Labour to even utter the words "social democracy". Here's an extract from my comment:
"I believe a crucial first step is purely semantic: getting people to even use the words &…