THE THIRD WAY ENDETH in England, according to Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan says:
In perhaps the most important decision of its six years in office, the Blair government in Britain has reverted to the old socialist past. It has raised taxes and now it’s going to pour billions into public services. No real reforms needed. In a way, it’s clarifying. Labour cannot reform public services, cannot privatize them but cannot afford the political cost of their deterioration. So they’re back to tax and spend – big time. The danger, of course, is that the services don’t improve even then. Then the backlash will be intense and the Tories given another chance. My prediction: the British welfare state will barely exist in its current form in a decade’s time.