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Ed Miliband’s route to redefining Labour risks following the same path as Gordon Brown’s—from the left to an empty centre

By Philip Collins   January 2011

In a footnote to Representative Government, John Stuart Mill once described the Conservatives as “the stupidest party.” Years later, during his brief spell as MP for Westminster, Mill clarified on the floor of the House of Commons that “I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant that stupid persons are generally Conservative.” He went on to say that the stupidity of the Conservatives was not something the party needed to apologise for. On the contrary, it was a principal source of its success. It may be that stupidity is no longer the electoral asset it was. But…

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