Where have all the big political ideas gone? | Phil McDuff

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Our economic model has reached its natural limits – it will never get better. Instead of managing the status quo it is time for centrists to overhaul the system

Say what you want about Tony Blair, and believe me I most certainly will, but the early years of the New Labour government at least had a sense of energy to them. Policies both good and bad were pushed with passion and certainty. You could disagree with them, but there was something to disagree with.

Yet over the last decade since the financial crisis the centre ground has been markedly bereft of ideas. The right has assumed its natural mantle as the party of authority and nostalgia, standing athwart history shouting “Stop, in fact reverse, go back, we don’t like any of this!”

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