Since Labour’s election defeat, pundits have accused the party of being out of step with working people’s social conservatism. But the “Blue Labour” obsession with Christian morality and national pride offers a caricature of the working class — and ignores the ability of socialist politics to unite people across cultural divides.
Paolo Gerbaudo is a lecturer in digital culture and society at King’s College London and the author of The Mask and the Flag.
Why are mass parties back? Because they're still the best way to organize the powerless to take on the powerful.