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One Nation – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Economics, Policy, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

Blair said he wanted to base his conference speech around the concept of ‘one nation’. He had mentioned this as a theme in his leadership campaign notes, but I had forgotten. I did not like the idea much, nor did anyone else – it seemed too abstract – but he would not let go of it and as the conference speech came closer it became clear that this concept met the moment. It was centrist, and in origin it was a Conservative concept. Benjamin Disraeli first used the idea in his novel Sybil, or, The Two Nations: ‘Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy … THE RICH AND THE POOR.’ But the one-nation philosophy is as relevant now as it was in the 1840s. It articulated Blair’s concept of community in a new way, which it linked to a new patriotism.

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