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Revising revisionism

In the 20 years since Tony Crosland's death his beliefs have been in retreat, even in the Labour party. Dick Leonard, a former Crosland adviser, says his revisionism is still Blair's best bet

By Dick Leonard   March 1997

In many ways he was an Olympian figure. Blessed with an intelligence several notches higher than that of any other politician, with film star good looks, an incisive writing and speaking style and apparently brimming with self-confidence, it was pre-ordained that Crosland would rise to great heights. Added to that, his glamorous wartime record in the parachute regiment, his first class honours and presidency of the Union at Oxford, his publication at the age of 38 of the widely acclaimed The Future of Socialism, and a glittering future seemed assured. Instead, despite some real achievements, he had a difficult and…

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