WHY THE WORK OF THE SCN IS SO IMPORTANT TODAY
Radical politics has been in crisis since 1989. It is now accepted that the pragmatism of the past years is no proper substitute to fill an ideological void. Mere image-making or spin-doctoring leads to cynicism and disillusion. Policies alone are not sufficient to inspire a following. There has to be a structured rationale and underlying principles to enthuse the ordinary supporter and serve as a link with representatives of all political parties and their electorates. The role of the SCN is to create and propagate a value-based philosophy concerned with all aspects of the theory and practice of Social Capitalism.
“Political debate has lost its old freedom, passion and spontaneity. It has become a tightly controlled spectacle, managed by rival groups of professional experts, all schooled in the most elaborate modern techniques of persuasion. … The voting public has been reduced to the role of a passive, manipulated non-participant. Indeed, modern politicians are actively hostile to public engagement in the political process, because the new elite fears the unpredictable consequences.”
Peter Oborne in The Spectator, 12th June 2004
“The danger to an established democracy such as Britain comes not from a classical military coup, but from a legal coup where the letter of the law is preserved but the spirit of the law, the unwritten part, is violated. … no constitutional complexities or entrenched provisions would save any country that was set on such a course: the crowds in the street insisting on change, the widespread fear of a common threat to the nation, the need for a strong man to deal with the crisis, and the greater simplification of politics, would all make it seem unpatriotic to show opposition.”
Robert Cooper in the New Statesman, 3rd May 2004
“Rarely in political history has a party with such accumulated might had so little clue what to do with it. The weakest link for new Labour has always been the absence of a coherent set of ideas, a guiding philosophy – and the weakness is becoming more apparent with the passage of time.”
Richard Reeves in the New Statesman, 27th September 2004