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In the centre of the middle

Centrist political thinking is surprisingly thin in Britain. An example from America shows that it can be more than difference-splitting between left and right

By John Gray   October 2002

Book: The Radical Center Author: Ted Halstead and Michael Lind Price: New America Foundation, ?8.50

New Labour has always defined itself as a centrist party, but it is surprising how thin on the ground centrist thinking is in this country. The phenomenal electoral success of New Labour has come not from the government’s policies but from the self-immolation of the Tories and Tony Blair’s skill in altering the public perception of his party. Voters who used to be frightened of Labour are afraid no longer, while the Tories are viewed with a mixture of pity and contempt. Labour is seen…

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