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Past imperfect

Editorial  |  31 October 2014

Labour has had seven leaders since Harold Wilson stepped down as prime minister in 1976. Allowing for John Smith’s premature death, only one of these – Tony Blair – has thus far succeeded in securing the party victory in a general election, a feat which he achieved on three consecutive occasions. But 20 years after …

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Time for Labour to stop trashing its own record

Jacqui Smith  |  20 October 2014

‘What is your greatest weakness’? – an idiotic interview question in my view, but nevertheless apparently a popular one. Suggestions for answering it include ‘I’m just too much of a perfectionist/workaholic’ and other lies. Despite the possibility of this question, preparation for a job interview should involve quite a lot of combing through our CVs …

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Manuel Valls

Letter from … Paris

Gérard Grunberg  |  2 October 2014

Ideological divisions within the French Socialists are nothing new for a party whose refounding moment in 1971 saw it seek to make a clear break with capitalism. But, today, these divisions have taken on new gravity, for three main reasons. The first is that, up until now, these divisions have been expressed above all when …

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In defence of New Labour

John McTernan  |  26 September 2014

I, for one, was grateful that Ed Miliband didn’t read the whole speech that the office intern mistakenly loaded on the Labour party’s website. (It was the intern, and it was a mistake, right?) The reason? This passage: ‘One Nation Labour has changed from New Labour – businesses have a responsibility to pay their taxes, …

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After the fall

James Bloodworth  |  25 September 2014

Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall came down, James Bloodworth on why New Labour was the natural next chapter for the left Next month marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of eastern Europe from Soviet communism. The wall was erected in 1961, ostensibly to protect the population of …

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One nation: Labour’s political renewal

Anthony Painter  |  10 September 2014

Labour’s policy review led by Jon Cruddas became an argument for transformation of the party – and the nation – rather than a simple list of policy ideas. In a newly published e-book, One nation: Labour’s political renewal, Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford present their core argument for change in 50 or so pages. It is a …

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The inaugural Philip Gould Lecture

Tony Blair  |  21 July 2014

Check against delivery, and listen to the lecture here. Philip was not just an inventor of New Labour and the third way. At its best and at his best, he personified it. Facing life, he was brilliant. Facing death he was magnificent. In both, he was an extraordinary fusion of principle, passion and purpose. Not …

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How New Labour built one nation

Giles Radice  |  18 July 2014

Labour needs to remember its considerable achievements in power, believes Giles Radice When on the morning of 12 May 1994 the tragic news broke of John Smith’s death, it became almost immediately obvious that the charismatic shadow home secretary, Tony Blair, then only 41, would become his successor. Under Blair’s leadership, the Labour party went …

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Summer of ‘94

Paul Richards  |  18 July 2014

The birth of New Labour was an electrifying ride into the future, recalls Paul Richards Before Iraq, before the ludicrous calls for impeachment and citizens’ arrests, before the avalanche of hate, there once was a leader of the Labour party who did a most incredible thing. He created a political force which dominated politics for …

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Jon Cruddas: Chicken soup for Labour’s soul

The Insider  |  10 July 2014

Labour’s bout of post-election hangover came heavy and hard. The outbreak of briefing was less a revolt than a nervous shudder, with different prescriptions and solutions competing for the ear of the leader, and offering a path forward to victory. There are those around Ed Miliband and in the shadow cabinet who want more ‘boldness’, …

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