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The left criticises Blair for abandoning egalitarianism, but this government has improved the life chances of many people

By Philip Collins   May 2001

After a term of office, are we any closer to taking the measure of this government? There have been endless task forces and the shelves of every department groan under the weight of thick booklets full of targets set. Yet the charge of inactivity, of a wasted term, persists. The Blair government is afflicted by a kind of reverse gestalt. It all adds up to something, but we don’t quite know what.

In one sense, refusing to formulate too clearly a set of grand political objectives is understandable. Old Labour was so cumbersome because it was ideologically glued together. Instead,…

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