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I am burdened with an urge to find a coherent view of
contemporary socialism. I must accept the designation political
thinker, even though that sounds pretentious. That is because I
think politics during most of my waking hours, off and on. I am
always trying to relate my daily experience to my own political
analysis of what is going on around me. I guess that must make me a “political
And my search, in the
manner partly of religion and of the Ages of Reason and Science, is for a coherent,
unified political theory that makes sense of it all. Nothing
counts, it seems, unless it represents a comprehensive, coherent world
view, capable of generating not only explanations but predictions. Eclecticism
(i.e the practice of merely “choosing the best out of everything”) simply
will not do. You gotta have a theory, a single theory. If there
is one God, there must be one coherent socialist theory.
It follows that it must also be universal.
A theory which works only for Wales, or only for Britain, is of little
value in contemporary political circumstances. Most of the difficult
issues confronting humankind are global in nature, with complex multilateral
implications. If the English are to talk with the French and the Germans,
the Indians and Pakistanis, the Americans and the Cubans, we as socialists must find a
common political language, a common high-level conceptual framework.
The Newton Agenda is my attempt
to share with
others my own search for a coherent political philosophy, of universal
reach. Why "Newton"? Newton is simply the Swansea village
where I was born, where I have returned to make my home, and where I am
both a Labour Party member and a Community Councillor. Our butcher
Roger Woollacott, is the son of the Woollacott who as butcher to my mother
and grandparents, as she grew up in Newton, and went to Swansea
University, in 1921. My politics remains the politics of small
things, of small neighbourhoods, of personal association.
The Newton Agenda has eight dimensions.
Not Chapters, or Sections, or Parts. Dimensions. Without an
understanding of mathematics, I used to have difficulty with multiple
dimensions. But I now know precisely what the concept means, in the
context of the Newton Agenda. Each dimension designates not a
pigeonhole but a way of looking at the complexities of daily life
and experience. Each dimension illuminates a different aspect of a
phenomenon observed, many different perceptions of the same object. They
all overlap. And if they seem to lead to inconsistent conclusions, those
inconsistencies must be assiduously examined.
Within each Dimension, I plan to identify key
socialist Principles, casting my logical net as wide as I can.
Finally, under each head of Principle, I plan to identify Party
Policies, focusing on what I think Labour should do now.
This, then, will be my framework.
Principle > Policy
Join me in that quest
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