We live in a capitalist society, so any party wanting power has to work in that framework. We’re not a people given to revolution, and distrust drastic change. You have to prime the society for that. Kinnock got achingly close in 92, and by 97 the situation was so bad that Labour would have walked it. If only John Smith hadn’t died...If basically, what we're saying is there's no way to get elected without standing on a neolib/neocon platform the press will support, what's even the point of politics, or democracy? We might as well just go back to being ruled by an aristocracy, because given the wealth and power of the media and the corporate and financial interests they intersect with it's pretty much the same thing.
It would have been a small majority and a one term parliament, but that’s as close as we were to accepting some degree of socialism. But we got Blair who wanted to be a compassionate Conservative, and that’s what history wrote. But you’re right, you can’t win an election without courting the traditional media, even now with social media looking to supplant that.
There are plenty of things that I can complain about when it comes to Blair, but by 2010, the NHS worked, the social care system worked, the country’s infrastructure was ticking over pretty well. I don’t care if they’re neo-Lib or neo-con, that’s where the country needs to be.