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Third Parties, the Easy Solution, but not the Right One – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

But most of all I believed that a new party was the easy solution, not the right one. However successful the SDP was, it could not destroy Labour but only rival it, leading to yet more fragmentation of the left. The one answer was to stay and fight, to change Labour completely and make it [...]

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Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Ideology, Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

We did ‘lose touch’, not with ‘our roots’ but with a public whose anxieties over tax, spending, immigration and crime were precisely the opposite of those on the left criticising New Labour.

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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 [...]

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Government and Party Growth – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Leadership, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

Tony Blair’s Foreword: One area where I completely agree with Philip, and which is a reproach to my leadership, is that in government I did not pay sufficient attention to continuing to build the party. There are a multitude of reasons for this – not least the enormous pressure of governing – but it was [...]

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On Thatcher’s budget cuts… “Goodbye Jerusalem: Night Thoughts of a Labor Outsider” – Bob Ellis

September 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism, UK Labour

‘I warn you,’ said Neil Kinnock in 1983, ‘not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old’

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