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Why Labour has to get liberal

By Tom Nuttall  

With half the newspapers in the land pronouncing the death of New Labour following last week’s crushing defeat in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, the party desperately needs some new ideas. One suggestion comes in the new issue of Prospect from Philip Collins, a former speechwriter to Tony Blair, and Richard Reeves, author of a recent biography of John Stuart Mill.

The Labour party has two contrasting political traditions, say Collins and Reeves. One, the centralising, Fabian tradition, tends to see a problem and then to assume a policy solution. The other—the “radical liberal” tradition as exemplified by the likes…

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