Now I don’t for one moment question the importance of all three of those equalities. I do question though whether they are enough in themselves to equate to “socialism”, which is the way Miliband presented them. I’m sure that they are values which all socialists hold, but they don’t strike me as being an adequate and complete definition of socialism, or even a sufficient starting point.
I suppose it depends on how one defines one of the three equalities in particular – namely economic equality. The economic system under which we live is ultimately based on power relationships - where power resides with those who have the economic wealth, not with those who do not. Any meaningful move to economic equality has surely to tackle that inequality of power. Without addressing that basic fundamental inequality of power, the words ‘economic equality’ are mere spin.
To date, I see nothing in what Labour is saying which suggests they have any real intention of tackling that basic fundamental inequality. And without that, “Bringing back socialism” is something we going to be waiting for some time to see if it depends on the Labour Party.