Ideological blurring

The battle of ideas in the 1990s is less clear cut than in 1945 or 1964. The grand ideologies are dead . The left will benefit from a looser coalition with an eclectic intelligentsia

By Tony Blair   9

Labour leader Tony Blair poses with members of the Shadow cabinet on 2nd February 1996 ©Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Michael Young, the author of the 1945 Labour manifesto, has written that Labour’s victory in 1945 was founded on three coalitions: a coalition of ideas; a coalition of radicalism and patriotism; and “a coalition of intellectuals, thinkers and planners on the one hand, and practical politicians on the other.”*…

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