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To What extent was 'New Labour' a continuation of Thatcherism?
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To What extent was 'New Labour' a continuation of Thatcherism
In 1997 the Labour Party fought the General Election with a fresh approach. Their latest leader, Tony Blair, came with a reformed party, known as 'New Labour'. Tony Blair was a pioneer of New Labour; "Policies and direction, appeal and cohesion, would simply disintegrate if Tony wasn't there"1 and from the start he was geared up to be the lead figure of the Labour Party. This gave the party a personality and naturally the media focused on that personality, likening him to a presidential character; "observers have been compelled to employ a term that is especially alien to the British system of government"2. There have been numerous connections made between Thatcherism and 'New Labour' (which is basically Blairism) and Blair's style has certainly brought a fresh approach to politics for the Labour party.
From the start he aimed to use different methods in order to appeal to the public. He looked "to create a new approach, setting the national mood and policy agenda via the media, rather than through the conventional channels of Westminster politics"3. There is no doubt that Blair's style of running the Labour government was
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