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Labour Must Renew Itself Once More

By Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian - May 12, 2010

After five days spent as if in a dream -- suspended in a world where anything seemed possible -- the night brought a cold, hard slap of reality. All the fantasies of multicoloured, progressive coalitions vanished into thin air. In their place came the image many had feared they would see in the bright dawn light of last Friday: David Cameron entering Downing Street, the first Conservative to eject a Labour prime minister since Margaret Thatcher, in 1979.

For Labour voters, and a good number of Lib Dems, this will feel like a morning of sorrow. Whatever tactical calculations they made last Thursday, they were clear on one thing: they did not want to see a Tory government. Now, for the first time since 1997, it is here.

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