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The government has run out of steam. Where should the party go from here?

By Sunder Katwala   October 2006

It is quite obvious that Labour’s next steps must involve both continuity and change. Labour’s next leader can build on those things which the centre-left has got right, while taking the chance to start afresh on those issues—notably “trust” and foreign policy, where Tony Blair can no longer get a hearing from the voters.

Iraq now dominates all discussion of Blair’s legacy. There have been other failures—Britain’s European anxiety remains unresolved, there has been a retreat to headline-grabbing on crime and asylum. Still, for progressives, this has been by some distance the best British government for 50 years. (That there…

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