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So it is with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which, if one believes David Cameron, is broken, socially and economically, to which might be added constitutionally and politically as well if one goes along with the guidance paragraph for this article set out by Soundings: "The economic crisis has temporarily derailed the Conservatives. The New Labour project is exhausted and its electoral coalition has been breaking up. The political status quo has vanished and as the crisis unfolds conditions now exist for a new kind of social and democratic settlement. " Well, yes, but perhaps not quite in the way Soundings might wish. It is widely accepted that the 11 years of New Labour government have been essentially Thatcherism mark two.
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