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Whatever the merits of the slow start—and it is far too early to measure its strategic success—there is no doubt that the quiet, almost subdued beginning was part of the plan. From the day he was elected Labour leader, Ed Miliband described his party’s journey to recovery as a “long haul.” That, in his judgement, ruled out starting with a rush of pyrotechnic activity that could soon fizzle out. “One hundred days of dynamic action” is an option only available to governments. Franklin Roosevelt pushed 15 bills through Congress during his first three months as president. Perhaps, had he been…

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