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Okay - I missed the 're'. Wilson got an extra term on the electoral rebound. Not quite a re-election, but Heath won 1974 by the skin of his teeth and only hung for half a term.

Blair, arguably, wasn't a Labour politician at all - more a centrist Social Democrat at best, and a closet Thatcherite at worst.

But your points don't mean that the population at large doesn't support the left. The media have always made it hard for left-ish narratives to win.

Sarkozy and Berlusconi would have struggled to win anything at all without direct media backing. Blair would probably have won a first term after too much Thatcherite sleaze, but might have had a harder time after that.

The situation throughout Europe has been that there has been no aggressive progressive movement with a strong and fresh message for at least thirty years. So progressives can only vote for a less bad option.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 10th, 2008 at 01:41:17 PM EST
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