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State of the argument

By Andrew Marr   October 1995

State of the argument

Dear Dominic Hobson,

Thanks for the letter. I have been finishing my own book (Ruling Britannia) and am now sinking into Harold Wislonism, so apologies if this is less considered than it ought to be. First, I agree with your point that our difference may be a matter of perspective; the modern state might seem relatively impotent to us, but it would seem highly intrusive to our Victorian forebears.

We can also find some common ground by agreeing that “politics” has lost power over bureaucratic or otherwise unaccountable “statist” activity; a lot of Christopher Boo-ker’s…

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