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After the landslide

Is New Labour an entirely new political force? Will a pro-European British government unintentionally stall the integration of Europe? British politics is the most open it has been for a generation. Six analysts try to make some sense of it

By John Lloyd   June 1997

John Lloyd: Are we seeing something entirely new in this Blairite government? A government which is no longer social democratic, but not Conservative or Thatcherite either. Does it represent some kind of post-social democratic third way?

Ralf Dahrendorf: I think we are seeing something uniquely British which cannot be translated into any other country, despite the interest of the centre left in some parts of continental Europe. That is to say we are seeing something indelibly marked by the Thatcher years. Is this the start of something new? I think it might be. Curiously, despite all the excitement of the…

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