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The Labour party should ignore those calling for a return to ideological roots and instead embrace pragmatism

By Kieran Brett   August 2008

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With the economic and political clouds darkening for Labour, the debate about how to restore the party’s electoral fortunes is well under way. Many urge the government to return to its ideological “roots”—though not everyone agrees on what these roots are. Perhaps loudest are those who urge Labour to return to a leftist agenda. John Harris, writing in the Guardian, insists that we must forgo New Labour “rot,” join Compass and support Jon Cruddas for prime minister. Similarly, Neal Lawson urges Labour to return to “collectivist solutions only…

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