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Keywords:

  • social democracy;
  • equality;
  • liberty;
  • rights;
  • social justice;
  • the state

This article makes the case for social democracy in the context of difficult national and international economic conditions and changes in domestic politics that see a Conservative-dominated Coalition government and the Labour party in Opposition for the first time since 1997. It rejects much current thinking in the Labour party and instead argues that traditional social democratic values, such as equality and social justice, are of contemporary relevance and can only be achieved through a strong central state committed to those values.