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The myth of centrism

Politically homeless "centrists" call for a return to the pragmatism of the New Labour era. But until they see Blair as the ideologue he was, nothing will change

By Chaminda Jayanetti  

Tony Blair visiting a school before the 1997 General Election. Photo: PA

If only they’d built more council housing. Having once been kings of the castle, centrists now find themselves politically homeless.

With politics polarising between the rival populisms of Steve Bannon and Jeremy Corbyn, they define their identity less by what they support than what they oppose.

In particular, they openly abhor the populists’ perceived tendency to favour ideology over pragmatism—a supposed departure from the New Labour era they openly long for.

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