Ideas are only half the story

Renewal - ISSN 0968-5211
Volume 29 Number 4 (2021)

Ideas are only half the story
Richard Power Sayeed pages 26-30


Patrick Diamond’s account of New Labour’s origins focuses on the eighteen years preceding the 1997 general election, but he shows that the roots of Blair and Brown’s project were as old as the party itself. Ramsay MacDonald’s belief in making Labour a party of reform, rather than class struggle, was an obvious if rarely acknowledged starting point. New Labour also learned much from Clement Attlee’s government, not least its patriotism and its co-option of liberal intellectuals such as Keynes and Beveridge.

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Richard Power Sayeed (2021) Ideas are only half the story, Renewal, 29(4), 26-30

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