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Defining the project

The Third Way is easy to poke fun at, but without some ideological framework politics will degenerate into faction and fixing

By Tony Wright   October 1998

Like Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair is not much interested in ideas. But, like her also, he knows that ideas matter in politics. They chart a course, provide a narrative and rally the troops. So Blair wants some. He encourages those who trade in them. Intellectuals are summoned to Downing Street. Potential themes are market-tested. Friendly thinkers are nourished. The project is to define the Project-in a way which has some chance of becoming public currency.

Enter the Third Way, today’s candidate for this role. History is full of Third Wayism, on left and right. It is a handy device for…

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