State Department cables regarding 2001 UK election predict triumph of “New Labor” centrism

“Labor must instead guard against a backlash from its old constituencies and disenchanted activists, anxious to promote a more radical and socialist-inclined vision”

Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy

In light of the events of yesterday’s surprising U.K. General Election, we’re taking a look back to State Department cables regarding the 2001 race - where the only clear winner, no matter the outcome, was business.

Though the cables, released to Shawn Musgrave as part of a series of State Department requests regarding Margaret Thatcher, are largely free of editorializing, it does note that Tony Blair’s specific brand of pro-business Labor appears ascendant …

so long as it can keep its core constituency in check …

and fend off “self-defeating” opposition from “activists and the old guard.”

If they can keep doing that, then Labor wins. And more importantly …

Wonder how that worked out? An abridged version of the cables is embedded below, and the full document can be downloaded on the request page.


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