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Liberalise or die

Labour is in deep trouble. To survive, it must turn its back on its centralising tradition and embrace liberalism

By Philip Collins   June 2008

In the drama of British politics, a Labour tragedy is unfolding. A combination of strategic errors, political mishaps and bad luck has left the party in a vulnerable position. The economy is turning soft and the electorate sour. The focus, at the moment, is on the lead characters—Gordon Brown and David Cameron—rather than the stories they are telling. Of course they matter. Leadership is about character. But Labour’s woes do not flow simply from weak leadership and poor politics.

Labour is failing to win—or even to grasp—the big political argument: how to ensure people are in control of their own…

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