Writing an essay on New Labour
Posted by Matt Walker on November 7, 2009
The question I set my students yesterday was the typical one which examiners really like – the extent to which New Labour have abandoned their traditional values. This question is a lot more straight forward then many students think.
For your 25 mark essay question, you need to include a brief introduction and conclusion, and then ideally six paragraphs in-between. Remember, you must always look at both sides of the argument. So, you should write 3 paragraphs arguing that New Labour have abandoned traditional values, and 3 paragraphs arguing that they haven’t.
In each paragraph you should focus on a particular policy area, for example the economy or welfare. You will need to outline the traditional value, say what New Labour have done, and then argue whether or not traditional values have been abandoned.
Some policy areas, such as welfare, will be a combination and can be used on both sides of the argument. If you take this approach, don’t do a Vicki Pollard by saying “Yes but no but” in the same paragraph! Argue a consistent line in one paragraph, then argue the opposite the next half of the essay when you get there.
Here are some useful links to help you with the essay.