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Labour is not a socialist party—and it never has been

Dan Jarvis's speech was a step in the right-direction, but far more is needed

By John McTernan  

Labour MP for Barnsley Central Dan Jarvis. 19th January 2016. ©Laura Lean/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Read more: Jeremy Corbyn: the politician who never grew up

When I started writing speeches for Labour politicians I got a sound piece of advice from an old stager. He said that whenever I had a weak argument I didn’t need to strengthen my logic, I should simply attack Margaret Thatcher.

Once you understand this tactic—assertion in the place of…

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