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  Forget the New Labour brand - now it's back to what really counts: Class
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Last EditedCraverguy  May 09, 2010 01:01am
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CategoryOp-Ed by Candidate
AuthorKen Livingstone
MediaNewspaper - Daily Mail
News DateSunday, May 9, 2010 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFor the first time we have an Election which all three main parties have lost and so has the country.

With the state of the economy and the money markets circling like vultures, what we most needed out of this Election was either a Government with a clear majority or two parties prepared to form and stick to a coalition through the next four years.

It was always going to be an uphill struggle for Gordon Brown and Labour. Only once in our history has a political party been elected for a fourth term and that was John Major’s surprise victory in 1992.

To make matters worse for Labour we have just been through the worst recession since the Thirties, so it’s not surprising that up until early this year the Tories had double-digit leads.

Some Labour Ministers were so certain the party was heading for defeat that they began manoeuvring behind the scenes to plan a swift coup to remove Gordon Brown as leader and ease in David Miliband. Those manoeuvrings reflect a real division in Labour that goes back to the beginning of Tony Blair’s New Labour project.

There never really was such a thing as New Labour. It was merely a shallow but incredibly effective rebranding exercise.

A huge effort went into persuading people that the Labour Party had been turned into something completely different. This was always a fraud, as has been shown by those manoeuvring to try to force Gordon Brown out.

Labour has always had a Left and a Right wing and usually the centre has sided with the Right to win power. This was exactly what happened with the Blair/Mandelson project.
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