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Left for Dead? The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party

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Lewis Goodall is a political correspondent for Sky News and before that worked for Newsnight. He had a ‘working-class childhood’ (his father worked for Rover at Longbridge), which, he says, keeps him grounded. He knows, for instance, that saying nothing doesn’t mean having nothing to say, and that people know more about their lives than what they read on the side of a bus.

He went to St John’s College, Oxford, which made him sharp enough to get ahead and grateful enough to defend the attempts of Tony Blair (same college) to increase social mobility. His book is a hundred pages too long but you fly through it, sometimes still turning the pages while popping to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. He’s unbearably young and unbearably obsessed with what passes for politics in a world of two-minute lives and quick-fire pieces to camera. With the sort of metropolitan media friends who organised a party expecting a Remain victory in the 2016 referendum and a girlfriend who cried all through the night at the result, I think we know the type.

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