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Reading Richard Power Sayeed’s new book, the optimism of 1997 seems a long way away

Sayeed’s overriding theory is that Blairism was ultimately the triumph of right-wing politics

By Burhan Wazir  

Cherie Booth looks on as her husband, Labour leader Tony Blair receives a Platinum disc of Oasis' album "What's The Story, Morning Glory". Photo: PA

Richard Power Sayeed’s well-researched history of Britain in 1997 is framed around three central markers: Tony Blair’s landslide general election in May; the manufactured nationalism of Britpop and the Spice Girls over the summer; and the mourning that followed the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in Paris that September. Sayeed’s  overriding theory is that Blairism was ultimately the triumph of right-wing politics. What…

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