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Equality versus democracy

A more democratic, devolved and open Britain is not compatible with a more equal one. Which way will New Labour jump?

By Richard Thomas   November 1998

For good or ill, the Third Way is here to stay. Unlike those other disposable enthusiasms, from stakeholding to the Giving Age, Tony Blair is committed to the Third Way. He believes it is the best peg for the New Labour project.

Given that the Labour administration believes (rightly) that a message has to be repeated ad nauseam before it trickles down to the typical voter, prepare to get mightily sick of the phrase.

Blair says that the Third Way “stands for modernised social democracy.” Whether “modernising” means “ditching” depends on whom in Blair’s circle you talk to. For the…

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