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New Left Review I/200, July-August 1993

Tom Nairn

The Sole Survivor

This Review is two hundred issues old. All sorts of things can be hung on commemorative hooks, and one of them is rueful retrospect. About five crises ago I found myself before an audience of us academics, trying to persuade them that a National Government would be formed to try and find a way out of Britain’s decline. In the fourteenth year of uninterrupted Conservative rule it is chastening to look back on the episode. [1] Under the title ‘The Future of Britain‘s Crisis’, the talk appeared as an article in nlr 113–114, January-April 1979.

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