No longer ‘best placed to give us real security’. Why I won’t be voting Labour in the next general election

Hamourtziadou, Lily (2024) No longer ‘best placed to give us real security’. Why I won’t be voting Labour in the next general election. Birmingham City University, Centre for Brexit Studies Blog.

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‘Labour is best placed to give us real security,’ I wrote seven years ago, in a comment that was published in The Guardian. ‘In the election, it is the party that treats society and humanity as continuing entities whose preservation has an absolute value, that is best equipped to secure and empower us,’ I maintained, as I stressed the values of human security that I saw embodied by the Labour leadership, through its spirit of justice, humanity, a sense of ethics and compassion. Human security is about protecting the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and fulfilment. It means protecting fundamental freedoms and using processes that build on people’s strengths and aspirations, creating political, social, environmental, economic, military and cultural systems that together give people the building blocks of survival, livelihood and dignity. Personal, national and international security are all parts of our human security and a foreign policy must recognise this fact and this indivisibility. As we approached the 2017 general election, I saw Labour as the party that treated society and humanity as continuing entities, whose preservation had an absolute value, the party that recognised our duties to each other and to the next generation. I saw it as the party that was best equipped, in terms of values and aims, to secure and empower us, as individuals, as a society and as members of a wider human community.

Item Type: Other
February 2024UNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for Brexit Studies, CBS, Brexit, BCU, EU, European Union, UK, Birmingham City University, UK Government, UK politics
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Research, Innovation, Enterprise > Centre for Brexit Studies
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2024 15:14
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 15:14

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