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Edward Pearce is getting worried about Tony Blair and has a few suggestions for him

By Edward Pearce   July 1996

The opposition has a 30 per cent lead and is seen as the next government, so what’s wrong with it?

Governments only matter if they have done some serious thinking before coming to office. Attlee could call on the work of Beveridge and Keynes and 30 years of Fabian thinking. Margaret Thatcher in 1979 ran hard with the work of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute.

Politicians don’t nationalise or privatise without someone first proposing it in a boring pamphlet. But the Blair leadership, for all its apparent interest in new thinking, seems not to read…

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