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By Gerald R. Taylor

This is a crucial severe evaluate of Labour's classes of renewal and modernisation. starting with an indepth research of the coverage evaluate of 1987-92, the writer then considers how the teachings of this era encouraged the fee on Social Justice instigated through John Smith, and Tony Blair's reform of Clause IV. those occasions are regarded as makes an attempt to solve conventional difficulties dealing with the Labour get together, the abiding legacy and significance of those basic difficulties is assessed.

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Gamble has characterised Thatcherism as calling for a 'free economy and a strong state', but rightly points out that this is 'capable of several different interpretations' (Gamble, 1988, 31 ). He has also questioned whether these challenges to the role of the state are leading to a new consensus (Gamble, 1988, 208). Confusion over the rise of a new consensus may be at least partly due to Labour's equivocal response to the Thatcherite challenge to the legitimate role of the state. The Ideological Foundation 25 If the Party Leader's introduction did not resolve these issues, what of the substantive content of Democratic Socialist Aims and Values itself?

This formula demonstrates a failure to analyse existing power relationships, and a consequent failure to prescribe a convincing and sustainable alternative. Instead Labour was thrown back, as in the past, on the need for a paternalistic and benevolent state administering the power structure whose decisions would be dependent on which individuals occupied elected positions. The commitment to extended democracy, a more equitable distribution of economic and political power and enhanced individual liberty was necessarily subsumed within this requirement.

Result of the ideological conflict within the Party (Shaw, 1988, 233--4). Such a restatement would help to separate the mainstream Party from the perceived threat of trotskyite entry ism in the shape of the Militant Tendency. However, this strategy opened the danger of splitting the Party in two, particularly given the strength in the Party of the wider left in the early 1980s (Seyd, 1987). As a result the leadership procrastinated until the regrouping of elements of the left, around the leadership of Neil Kinnock, ensured victory over the Militant threat, and removed any potential for disastrous internal division (Shaw, 1988, 259-63).

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