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By making the public sector more efficient, is Tony Blair killing off the public sector ethos? Blame the cult of individualism

By Barry Cox   July 2001

Since the fall of the Berlin wall, the great economic debates that once divided the mainstream right from the mainstream left have largely dissolved. But as the election has just illustrated the form and funding of public services has emerged as the central issue in British politics, especially for the new centre-left. The left’s vision of the good society-in particular the goals of social cohesion and a decent start in life for all-requires the public sector, especially health and education, to deliver first-class services to every British citizen. It also requires that these services remain free and funded out of…

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