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Leapfrogging the Tories

Down with the public sector, long live public spending! Rick Nye considers a new book which argues that if Blair's active government is to make a difference it needs to go further than the Tories in reforming the state

By Rick Nye   June 1998

At the time of the debate over Clause Four, Tony Blair accused Old Labour of confusing means with ends. All the recent talk about the third way suggests that New Labour has ended this confusion only by abolishing the distinction-“Not Left, Not Right, But Forward.”

Does any of this matter, or does coherence in public policy belong to the discredited dogmas that the third way is supposed to have replaced? If the last election proved anything, it is surely that a sense of purpose, leadership and optimism were more attractive than the intellectual consistency of a weak and divided party.…

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