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New Left Review I/219, September-October 1996


Conrad Russell

New Labour: Old Tory Writ Large?

In the reign of Charles I, the new religious group of the Arminians, enjoying royal favour, appeared to be carrying all before them while people did not yet know what they believed. An aspiring politician asked a clerical friend what the Arminians held, and got the reply: ‘all the best bishoprics and deaneries in England’. [1] Edward, Earl of Clarendon, Life, Oxford 1827, vol. 1, p. 56 One suspects that Tony Blair would enjoy that story. His appetite for power led me long ago to think of him as ‘Napoleon’—and John Prescott is perfectly cast as Boxer.

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