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What Labour should say about welfare

The party needs to get over its PBTS—Post Blair Traumatic Syndrome

By John McTernan  

Ed Miliband left his party in a mess after the disastrous general election © Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour has two problems with welfare. On the one hand the public don’t trust them at all—it’s as big an issue for the party as immigration and economic competence. On the other, Labour have no idea what they actually believe in—they have no analysis of work, poverty and income. That made them a target last week for George Osborne and it has made them…

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