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Politics: Good vs bad reform

The Tories will have to go back to setting targets, as Blair did. This gives Ed Miliband a chance to redraw the battleground

By James Purnell   February 2011

The NHS: the coalition “will end up doing a U-turn” on waiting lists

New Labour spent its first two years dismantling choice and competition—and the next two terms putting them back in. The Conservatives are spending much of their first two years getting rid of targets and Whitehall control. They will end up doing a U-turn and going back to targets—or be unlikely to get another term.

In opposition you spend most of your time with GPs. And teachers. And local authority directors. You go to their conferences. The easiest way to get a cheer is to promise to get…

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