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The Millbank moralist

Tony Wright is an impeccable New Labour Blairite, argues David Willetts, but his book has little to offer beyond outdated admiration for the German model and moral denunciation

By David Willetts   May 1997

In his opening few pages Tony Wright’s denounces the privatisation of rail, water and the London Underground, of income tax cuts in the last budget, and the internal market in the NHS. He believes that these measures are all part of the same story: “A country that is becoming a different place from what it once thought it was, its values and institutions converted not from without but from within, and its people gloomily uncertain about their own future and the future of their country.”

Then we are off into a grandiose account of what he calls “New Labour, old…

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