This chapter examines Labour’s case for One Nation social security reform. Using a framework developed elsewhere (Atkins 2010, 2011), it explores the processes underlying this justificatory strategy, taking into account Labour’s ideological commitments, the requirements of argumentation in the area of welfare policy, and the need to achieve hegemonic advantage. This analysis reveals that Labour’s case for welfare reform was broadly consistent with its values and that the chosen consequentialist argument was appropriate to the policy. The chapter also identifies three narratives mobilised by the advocates of One Nation—party traditions, ‘new times’ and national renewal—and demonstrates that they coalesced in the leadership persona of Ed Miliband. As such, the fates of the project and the leader were inextricably linked.
|Title of host publication
|Voices of the UK Left
|Subtitle of host publication
|Rhetoric, Ideology and the Performance of Politics
|Judi Atkins, John Gaffney
|Published - 11 Aug 2017
|Rhetoric, Politics and Society