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Nudging Gordon Out

By James Crabtree  

An article in this weekend’s Guardian contains intriguing hints of what gets David Miliband’s goat. Explaining his decision to pen last week’s mini-manifesto, it claims: “Miliband himself was furious about an article in the Guardian by the shadow chancellor George Osborne earlier this month that he regarded as vacuous, adding to his sense that the Tories were not being challenged.” The article in question can only be a piece Osborne wrote a few weeks back in praise of Nudge, a much discussed book by two American academics. In the article Osborne claimed Nudge’s notion of libertarian paternalism for the right.…

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