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The Prospect debate: does Britain’s left have a future?

Is it all over for Labour? Should the party ignore leftist rants against individualism and consumerism, or is an egalitarian, public-spirited leftism no longer possible?

By David Aaronovitch   October 2009

Dear John 8th September 2009

Let’s not call this exchange “Can Labour win,” because we both know it won’t. Soon I will be liberated from the weary responsibility of treating a well-meaning but tired government fairly, and you from being disappointed by it. Unconstrained, we can make for the sunny uplands of opposition, where everything seems possible and nothing in fact is. Except thought.

So let’s call this, “Thoughts about the future of the left” and here are some of mine. But first let me try and cut through a predictable misreading of recent history, so that we aren’t basing…

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