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What has a philosopher got to do with a politician? One can't do and the other can't think. Time for a third way

Tony blair says that he regrets not having studied political philosophy at university. He is said to be influenced by the communitarian Christian socialism of John MacMurray. He has made some intriguing remarks about utilitarianism (which he used to find attractive) and natural law theory (which he now prefers). He has stressed the continuities between New Labour and the New Liberalism of the early 20th century. Accused of opportunism and pragmatism, he counters that, while not conforming to traditional political stereotypes, he is none the less radical and principled. “We are not crypto-Thatcherites. We are not old-style socialists. We are…

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