An adieu to the philistinism of New Labour.

Robert McCrum has written a rather good epitaph for New Labour in today’s edition of The Observer

 In retrospect, New Labour was a largely philistine movement with no interest in history (treacherous) or literature (elitist). Its epitaph must be Shelley’s on Ozymandias: “Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away.”

……………. An administration committed to closing down our civil liberties had no interest in opening up the people’s imagination with freshly minted words 

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