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Archives for April 1997

How Important Is The Election Campaign In Determining Voter Behaviour?

Assessing the 1997 British election, The Economist magazine had this to say in its April 24, 1997 edition:

On the evidence of elections before this one, most campaigns are relatively unimportant.

The majority of voters decide in advance whom they will support (and waverers mostly cancel each other out). Voting decisions are based on voters’ social origins, political preconceptions, personal philosophies and rating of the relevant policies and performance of the contenders for office.

During campaigns, like it or not, they sensibly turn off politics in droves, making most of them immune to the hocus pocus of the likes of Mr Mandelson.

The fact that voters are sceptical of politicians and their blandishments is not a threat to democracy. It’s how democracy, in the real world, really works.

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UK Labour Party Manifesto – 1997

This is the full text of the UK Labour Party’s Manifesto for the 1997 General Election.

UK Labour Party Manifesto – 1997.

1997 Labour Manifesto

Britain will be better with new Labour

‘Our case is simple: that Britain can and must be better’ ‘The vision is one of national renewal, a country with drive, purpose and energy’ ‘In each area of policy a new and distinctive approach has been mapped out, one that differs from the old left and the Conservative right. This is why new Labour is new’ ‘New Labour is a party of ideas and ideals but not of outdated ideology. What counts is what works. The objectives are radical. The means will be modern’ ‘This is our contract with the people’ [Read more…]