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The People in the Dark – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Electoralism, Ideology, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

‘SHORT FLAYS BLAIR’S “DARK MEN”’ ran the Guardian headline on 8 August. ‘Clare Short, the controversial shadow Cabinet minister, last night accused her leader’s advisers of jeopardising Labour’s chances of victory at the General Election and threatening its existence,’ the article began.28 Her accusations had been made in an interview with the New Statesman, in which she focused on ‘Blair’s misguided strategy’. She described his advisers as ‘the people in the dark’, whose ‘obsession with media and focus groups is making us look as if we want power at any price’. She said, ‘These people are making a terrible error. They think that Labour is unelectable, so they want to get something else elected, even though really it’s still the Labour Party. This is a dangerous game which assumes people are stupid … They are saying, “Vote for Tony Blair’s New Labour. We all agree that the old one was absolutely appalling and you all know that most of the people in Labour are really the old one, but we’ve got some who are nothing to do with that, vote for us!” One, it’s a lie. And two, it’s dangerous.’

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