New Labour went to its moment of electoral glory in 1997 behind a manifesto that carried the title New Labour: Because Britain Deserves Better. It went to its moment of power armed with what its leader defied anyone to say was ‘anything other than a radical programme’. But it was a programme that stood, he told the opening press conference of the election campaign, ‘in the radical centre of politics: modern, forward-looking, utterly in tune with the times and instincts of today’s Britain’.1 And in electoral terms, it clearly was. For by any standards, Labour’s electoral performance in May 1997 must stand as one of the most remarkable of the democratic age.
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