Talk:Labour Party

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Labour Party, socialists or not?

Yes. Their party website decribes them as being a socialist party.

No. Fidel Castro describes Cuba as being a democracy - what the leader says doesn't make it so! Labour has pursued Third Way social-democratic policies since 1997, and during their time in power they have significantly shifted to the right. --Rafa 18:04, 13 March 2007 (EDT)

Anyway, where does it describe them as socialist on their website?Sitedrm 14:37, 21 March 2007 (EDT)

  • I think it is more accurate to call the Labour Party a social democrat party rather than a democratic socialist party. While there are still elements with the party that could still be described as socialist, very few of the party's objectives match the definition. They are recognised as being centre-left much like other parties in Europe and social democrat is the label that is typically applied to this part of the political spectrum. They would be closest to the Democrats if an American comparison had to be made. I will make this minor change if nobody objects. Ajkgordon 13:16, 9 October 2007 (EDT)
Ajkgordon, although I agree with the essence of what you are saying, I think it is also worth noting that the Labour party does use the term "democratic socialist" to describe itself - see [1]. Many Labour party members would be proud to emphasise that term, so I don't personally think it's misleading. OurMike 13:37, 9 October 2007 (EDT)
Goodness, so it does! Well, I'll leave it then. Thanks. Ajkgordon 13:39, 9 October 2007 (EDT)

The acutal socialists from the Labour party left ages ago with Arthur Scargill who aligned himself alongside Greenpeace and the Green Party trying to get the British coal mines reopened. That is why the Labour party advertises itself as "New Labour". They are anything but socialist. --EllisUSA 18:15, 16 August 2008 (EDT)


Shouldn't this be located at a more appropriate title given the numerous parties around the world with the name? I know how fond Conservapedians are of Wikipedia, but just as a comparison... Thought I'd throw that out there. I doubt the one whose page I was looking for would merit much interest here anyway. :) Punuma 19:03, 6 October 2007 (EDT)

The leading "Labour Party" is in England. We're not going to elevate political correctness over the obvious here by linking to obscure parties in other countries copying the same name.--Aschlafly 00:07, 7 October 2007 (EDT)
Yes, most other leading Labo(u)r parties tend to have a nationality descriptor, such as the New Zealand Labour Party. The only exception I can think of is the Labour Party in Ireland, which is one of the top three or four political parties there. Ajkgordon 20:02, 10 October 2007 (EDT)

Needs revamping

This article is massively outdated - Labour have been out of government for half a year now (thank God) and this needs to be recognised. However, I can't edit the article. Can someone please change this/unlock the article. Many thanks, ChelseaR 13:26, 1 November 2010 (EDT)