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Anthony Giddens

The new director of the LSE provides intellectual legitimacy for Tony Blair's pick and mix politics-both men are attempting to transcend left and right. John Lloyd considers their respective journeys from the left to the radical centre

By John Lloyd   April 1997

Anthony Giddens is the key intellectual figure of New Labour. This does not mean he is a philosopher at the court of King Tony: there is no such figure, beside the homely wisdom of Peter Mandelson. Rather, it means that his themes set a context within which New Labour thinking can operate.

At the same time, the logic of many of Giddens’ positions contradicts and runs against the practice of New Labour. In mapping out the new terrain, Giddens’ work seeks to show New Labour where to go, reveals how much its adaptation of socialism to social-ism is inevitable for…

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