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The leader we deserved

Labour's new leader has much to learn from Tony Blair. "A Journey" is an honest and insightful self-portrait by a man who personified modern Britain

By David Goodhart   October 2010

A Journey by Tony Blair (Hutchinson, £25)

The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour by Peter Mandelson (HarperPress, £25)

Diaries Volume One: Prelude to Power 1994-1997 by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson, £25)

Trio: Inside the Blair, Brown, Mandelson Project by Giles Radice (IB Tauris, £20)

If Tony Blair and new Labour had not existed history would surely have invented something similar. After 18 years of Tory rule the pendulum was bound to swing to the left in 1997 while leaving most of the Thatcherite reforms of the 1980s in place. Moreover, thanks to the changing sociology of Britain—above…

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