Forget Boris Johnson. For the first time in a generation, the tide of democratic politics worldwide is running in a progressive direction. Over the last three years, left-leaning administrations have been elected in Spain, Finland, Denmark and the US. Progressive prime ministers in New Zealand and Portugal have succeeded in piling on votes when in power, moving from minority to majority government. In the last 12 months alone, left-of-centre leaders have won elections in Norway, Germany, Honduras, Chile, Australia and Colombia.This should add up to more than a hopeful environment for Keir Starmer—it should be a rich source of sorely needed ideas. Before Margaret Thatcher came to power, she would wave Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty at her researchers, as a division of think tanks plotted how to put it into practice. In the 1990s, Tony Blair inherited John Smith’s Commission on -Social Justice, drew on Will Hutton’s vision…
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