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The LSE was the venue for the recent Guardian-Fabian Society-Nexus conference on “The Future of the Centre Left.” Normally on leaving such unashamedly revisionist events one would expect, and deserve, to be confronted by a choir of highly vocal comrade newspaper sellers, balefully and atonally shouting things such as “Neither Major nor Blair-Build the Non-Hegemonic Inclusivist Reconstruction of the Revolutionary Left in Britain.” Often, in among these Bolshie vendors, there would be a bearded hippy or two in donkey jackets, waving plastic buckets in the air with pieces of paper sellotaped on, bearing some scribble indicating they were collecting on…

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