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Why Ed Miliband should own the big society

To defeat the coalition, the new Labour leader needs to reclaim the natural ideological territory of the left

By Shiv Malik   October 2010

Ed Miliband’s first speech as leader of the Labour party reverberated with one ill-defined phrase: the “new generation.” But what does he mean by this? “The era of New Labour,” he told Andrew Marr last Sunday, “has passed.” And yet he detests the “Red Ed” label; he is no socialist of the big state mould. So what is left? He says he wants to “redefine” the centre ground. To do this, he needs a political formula that will please everyone, allowing him to move away from both new Labour and old statist Labour, and win back core and swing votes.…

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