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Dangerous enough?

Labour needs greater policy precision to help win the next election and to ensure the success of the Blair government. Charles Clarke, former head of Neil Kinnock's private office, offers advice

By Charles Clarke   October 1996

The labour party has had an uncomfortable summer. The cause of this discomfort is genuine doubts within the party about both election strategy and the likely course of the next Labour government. Far from “New Labour, New Danger” some Labour members fear that a Labour government might be no danger to anyone, because it will not seek to change the Britain refashioned by 17 years of Thatcherism.

This belief does not necessarily reflect the way in which Labour would actually govern. Rather, it is a consequence of Labour’s public relations strategy over the past two years. This strategy is driven…

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