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Less Than Great Britain

Britain has been in trouble for quite a while now, at least since Tony Blair took the Labour Party and turned it into a direct descendant of Maggie Thatcher's Tories.  Blair's Clintonesque Third Way was pure consumer-capitalism with a smiley face.  When that reality failed he turned Atlanticist and became Bush's poodle. 

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Marketing, marketing, he won election after election -- which says a lot more about the UK's education system and media than it does about Blair's brilliance.  His time to go has come and gone a long time since.  But still he's here.

I was reminded of all this by Ross McKibbin's excellent piece in the London Review of Books about the Blairite end game in light of this month's Cabinet shuffle.  Well worth the read.

May 20, 2006 in Current Affairs, UK | Permalink

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