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The London Review of Books has spiked an article for praising Tony Blair. Is this evidence of a new cold war on the left?

By John Lloyd   March 2002

It is a small but possibly rather significant moment in the history of the British left. The leading centre-left political scientist, David Marquand, has been spiked by the London Review of Books, the literary journal of leftish academia, for praising Tony Blair. Marquand was commissioned last year to review The Rivals-the account, by the broadcaster James Naughtie, of the rivalry between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. The piece was rejected by LRB editor, Mary-Kay Wilmers, in January. It appears on p22 of this issue of Prospect.

Marquand has been in rather a sulk about New Labour since 1997 and some…

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