I rejoined the Labour Party on May 6th 2010, like about 10,000 others!
It had been 16 years since I left, and much has changed, but principles do not:
- In any situation, the most important question for a Social Democrat is “Who benefits?”
- Society is still dominated above all by Class. the classes themselves have changed, but not their underlying nature.
- Human Rights are UNIVERSAL – there can be no “relative” freedom for the Third world. Its in the UN Charter for goodness sake!
- Freedom of speech is vital. Libel laws are not.
- Democracy is the best system yet devised by the Human Race for self-governance.
- Unfettered Capitalism is harmful to all of the above, and creates powerful elites, which must be fought.
- For a Democratic Socialist, the ends DO NOT always justify the means. Acceptable outcomes come from acceptable methods.
- Debate and dialogue are much better than confrontation, provided that it is a genuine two-way street.
- Poverty really is the worst form of violence.
- I love my country, but despise no other.
- The vast majority of the people in the world have more in common with each other than with the rulers of their nations.
- Always speak after thinking first.
- Socialism is a way of reforming our present system, in order to put power into the hands of the many, not the few.
- Soviet Communism was the illegitimate child of Catherine the Great and Karl Marx.
- No one person has all the solutions.