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The Reasons for Defeat – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Electoralism, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

From Tony Blair’s Foreword:

As The Unfinished Revolution shows, Labour spent the 1980s desperate to escape the true reasons for defeat, taking refuge first in the madness that the country voted for Margaret Thatcher in 1979 because Labour was insufficiently left-wing; and then making a series of tactical steps toward change that were almost always one election cycle behind necessity, and never added up to the strategic shift required.

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