Lesson of 1983: not madness but marginalia
Good by Stephen Bush, who wasn’t even born then, on the 1983 election:
Amid all the chaos on the night of 9 June 1983, an MP was elected for an obscure constituency in County Durham who would eventually hit the Tories so hard, Benjamin Disraeli felt it.
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The lesson of 1983 isn’t just to make sure that the hard left is never allowed to run anything, ever, and the biggest problem with the 1983 manifesto isn’t that it’s a far-left document. The problem is that it’s a fringe-left document: 700 pages of non-sequitur in search of an argument. It is impossible to imagine the Labour party now disgracing itself with a full-speed tilt to the hard left; but all too easy to imagine the Labour party spending the best part of a half-decade talking about things of interest only to itself. The real risk to Labour today is not madness, but marginalia.
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