Narrating One Nation: The Ideology and Rhetoric of the Miliband Labour Party

Judi Atkins

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Speaking at the 2012 Labour Party Conference, Ed Miliband set out his vision of ‘One Nation’. This article maps the core concepts of Labour's ideology and identifies the narratives used to argue for One Nation social security reform. It locates these narratives within Labour's traditions and demonstrates that they coalesce in the leadership persona of Miliband himself. Though an attempt to respond to a populist ‘rhetorical culture’, the article contends that this strategy has created a self‐enclosed ideology that cannot conceive of an audience beyond itself. Labour therefore needs to overcome this solipsism if it is to secure victory in 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-31
Issue number1
Early online date23 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Atkins, J. (2015), Ideology, Rhetoric and One Nation Labour. Politics, 35: 19-31, which has been published in final form at  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.


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