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Labour: By-election jitters reflect a deeper loss of the party’s historic plot

The constitutional duty is not merely to oppose, but to Oppose. This, the party is not doing

By Kate Allen   March 2017

Keir Hardie knew trade could kill jobs—but demanded social reform, not protection ©Hulton-Deutsche Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

Dear Labour,

Politics is about telling stories to voters which explain their everyday experiences. I’d like to talk to you about what your current story says—and what it doesn’t.

Your malaise is warping the latest chapter in the long story of British politics. The green benches of the Commons run parallel, facing each other down both sides of the chamber, because MPs originally met in a chapel with that layout. In architecture,…

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