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Dear David Willetts,

It seems churlish of me to take issue with your comments in Blair’s Gurus [Willetts’s critique of Blairism] because your comments on my own work are all favourable and, I am therefore disposed to think, fair and accurate. My only deficiency, in your eyes, is to have been misunderstood by Tony Blair.

Yet the issue involved is important enough to deserve further debate. You emphasise my own conviction that the origins of economic success, for countries as for firms, are founded in the unique historical experiences of these countries and firms; and that while…

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