Tony Blair’s New Labour government left the fundamental architecture of Thatcher’s economy in place — and failed to break the cycle of deepening inequality. It’s not just the criminal Iraq War, Blairism failed at every level.
Alex Niven is lecturer in English literature at Newcastle University and editor-at-large at Repeater Books. His first book, Folk Opposition, was published by Zero Books in 2011.
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