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Things are going well for the country and economy so why is New Labour winning only grudging respect from the electorate?

By Matthew Taylor   May 2000

Last month I gave a little dinner party. The guests, all like-minded centre-leftists, included a Labour MP first elected in 1997, whom I got to know in my time as Labour’s director of policy; a former ministerial special adviser with a reputation as a New Labour ultra; and a local councillor with decades of experience as a Labour activist. Next morning, clearing away the empty wine bottles, it occurred to me that the significance of our discussion lay not in its brilliance or originality but-quite the reverse-in the absolute certainty that across London thousands of people like us were simultaneously…

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