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No muddle in the middle

After 30 years of shuffling and blurring, the centre left in the US thinks it has established a new hard-edged progressive creed. Stephen Pollard considers the claim that it will dominate for a generation and asks whether New Labour can follow suit

By Stephen Pollard   June 1996

Rollerblading hit london in 1994, having started in the US in 1989. It takes five years for trends to cross the Atlantic, so we can be pretty sure that Britain will go to the polls in 1997, and that Tony Blair will be elected by an anxious middle class.

The rest should be similarly predictable: the Conservatives will turn to a figure on the right wing of the party who is said by the press to have “mad, staring eyes.” In the 1999 local elections, a rejuvenated Tory party will sweep the board under John Redwood. But within a year…

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