Brits, what was the difference between old Labour and new Labour?

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Summarise for someone born in the '80s how the Labour party changed its character, and how people felt about it, whether it was considered a betrayal.

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  • Biff
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    'Old Labour', apart from a period in the early 1980s when it swung to the left under the disastrous leadership of socialist Michael Foot, was generally a centre-left party. The party moved back towards the centre under Neil Kinnock, and briefly under John Smith, during the remainder of the 1980s into the mid 1990s. 'New Labour' was a continuation of this progression towards the centre but was still a centre-left party that introduced reforms in welfare, pensions, education, health, employment rights etc. I don't think there was a huge leap further towards the centre but adopting the epithet 'New Labour' helped to distance the party from the image the Labour Party had gained in the late 1970s/early 1980s as a party of industrial unrest and high inflation and too close to the unions.

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  • 6 months ago

    New Labour are a party for the wealthy middle class.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Old labour at least put up some oposition. New labour can't even manage that

    What they have in common is electing the most inappropriate leaders

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  • 6 months ago

    Old Labour actually had people in it who cared about the vulnerable members of society and fairness. New Labour was a bunch of psychopathic narcissists who were only out for themselves.

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