The former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, says: "I would like to see the Government leading from a philosophy of socialism, rather than arguing from economic arguments" (report, January 5).
If socialism is a philosophy it is one that has been subjected to many interpretations - none of which has ever ignored economic arguments. Socialism reflects political theories based in a secular world, offering secular solutions.
Those who continue to advocate socialist solutions tend to be those who have allowed nostalgia to cloud the realities of stark choices in a rapidly changing world. It is no surprise that the mainstream Labour Party has the good sense to avoid using the term.