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Emotional spasm?

Like the US left in 1968, a section of the British left wants to spite its own face

By Matt Cavanagh   May 2005

In a recent edition of the London Review of Books, John Lanchester derided New Labour’s philosophy as being “to do everything necessary to win power and then, once in office, to do as much as possible of the stuff it wanted to do consistent with not frightening the electorate and losing the next election.” But is this really so shaming a thing for a political party to have to admit to? “Trying to do as much as possible of the stuff you want to do consistent with not losing the next election” seems like a pretty neutral summary of democratic…

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