He was created Baron Glasman in 2011 at Miliband’s behest and coined the term ‘Blue Labour,’ which, for a time, was all the rage with the Labour hierarchy.
Glasman, who regularly worships at his local synagogue, admits that, in conjuring up the Blue Labour idea, he was inspired by the philosophy of the Bund (the Jewish Socialist Party in pre-war Russia and eastern Europe) and the writings of 19th century German Rabbi, Samson Raphael Hirsch.
On 21 March 2011, Glasman, said this on BBC Radio 4's Analysys programme:
“Selling Dover to the French is so mad… (The idea was considered by the Blair/Brown government) There is no way that Dover Port should be an internationally traded commodity… There’s no way that Sherwood Forest … What did the government describe it as? An investment opportunity within the timber industry…On 28 March 2010, the following exchanges took place between Gillian Duffy, a 65-year-old Labour supporter and activist, Gordon Brown and a Brown aide:
What you have with immigration is the idea that people should travel all over the world in search of higher-paying jobs, often to undercut existing workforces, and somehow in the Labour Party we got into a position that that was a good thing. Now obviously it undermines solidarity, it undermines relationships, and in the scale that it’s been going on in England, it can undermine the possibility of politics entirely…
The Labour party became very progressive. It was committed to very abstract general ends - fairness, rights, justice - and it in many ways viewed working- class voters as an obstacle to progress. And also their commitment to various civil rights, anti-racism, meant that often working-class voters, as in the Gillian Duffy case, were seen as racist, resistant to change, homophobic and generally reactionary. So, in many ways, you had a terrible situation where A LABOUR GOVERNMENT WAS HOSTILE TO THE ENGLISH WORKING CLASS.”
GILLIAN: “But all these Eastern Europeans what are coming in, where are they flocking from?”GORDON BROWN: “A million people come from Europe, but a million British people have gone into Europe…
Very nice to meet you, very nice to meet you."Off camera, unaware he still had a microphone pinned to his shirt, Brown was heard to say:
"That was a disaster. They should never have put me with that woman."
BROWN AIDE: What did she say?
GORDON BROWN: "Ugh everything! She's just a sort of bigoted woman that said she used to be Labour. I mean it's just ridiculous.”This was Gillian's reaction on being informed that Gordon Brown considered anyone questioning New Labour's immigration policy a 'bigot.'
Oh yes, Maurice, New Labour under the stewardship of Brown (Scottish) and Blair (Scots-Irish) was ‘hostile to the English working-class’ alright. To find out just how hostile, go here.
Just in case you were thinking that Glasman was one of us, you know, against the rule of the globalising elite (bankers; multinational corporation owners; the military-industrial complex; media Barons; Bilderbergers; bought politicians and the Jewish lobby) and on the side of the nation state and its people, well, he let the cat out of the bag somewhat a little later in the programme when he said:
“It’s a crazy thought to think that, you know, I’m anti-globalisation.”