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Opinion: Reassessing New Labour

It is worth buying Reassessing New Labour just to read James Purnell’s short preface. New Labour’s would-be philosopher king pretty much disappeared from view after Labour chose the wrong Miliband as leader. Purnell’s piece highlights perfectly the challenge Labour faces in coming to terms with its 2010 election defeat. It is brilliantly lucid in assessing why Labour lost. It is extremely limited in its analysis of how to recover. In particular it completely ignores the 500lb gorilla in the corner – the economy. I’ll come back to this in a moment.

Diamond and Kenny’s book brings together a range of contributions …

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  • expats
    Peter Davies 2nd Dec '22 - 8:08pm..........or to put it another way, Labour lost 9773 votes, Tories lost 14583 and we only lost 1366......... or, to put it a...
  • Merlene Emerson
    Thanks Mark for this tribute. Shocked and saddened by Robert's sudden passing as he was still so alive and full of ideas for new projects. I joined the World Tr...
  • Martin
    Alex Macfie and Nonconformistradical: As I wrote, the underlying voting dynamics in a byelection are not always straightforward, however in general and certa...
  • Peter Davies
    or to put it another way, Labour lost 9773 votes, Tories lost 14583 and we only lost 1366....
  • Nonconformistradical
    @Martin I suggest you go and look at some past results for Chester - it's a long time since we've had a decent result there. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...