4. The Left and liberty
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14.00 – 15.15
Historically, the Left has always been stronger on equality than liberty, seeking immunity from the law rather than freedom under it, which it has regarded as competitive and individualist rather than collective. In office it has been largely statist in its approach rather than pluralist. New Labour has embraced a market version of choice in the public sector rather than enabling citizens. While it has embraced human rights it still has difficulties with empowering citizens to fulfill their free emancipation. Can this change?
|Chair:||Sunder Katwala (General Secretary, Fabian Society)|
|Speakers:||Mike Rustin (founding editor, Soundings)|
|Neal Lawson (chair, Compass)|
|Mary Riddell (columnist, The Observer)|