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Labour needs to move beyond the big state

In Labour's retro leadership election, only Liz Kendall has thought seriously about giving power back to the people

By Anthony Painter  

Which Labour leader can rally the party's disaffected supporters? © BBC/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There is a Labour leadership election so Leviathan is stirring. There is something faintly depressing about the fact that the biggest ideas to come out of the race this week are a “National Education Service” and a “National Care and Health Service.”

The “NES” comes from Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign. This would be a big national lifelong learning bureaucracy. It would provide everything from pre-school education to adult night-classes—it would be a clunking monster. As for Andy Burnham’s monster,…

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