What was true for Clinton and Blair remains true today. It’s in the centre that elections are won, and stray too far one way or the other and you turn people off. Veer to the right and you play to people’s fears, swing left and you rely on their goodwill. When push comes to shove, goodwill is whole lot less reliable.
It’s the same everywhere. Sarkozy appealed to the far right in 2012, and lost. Red “Ed” turned to the left in 2015 and he lost. You cannot turn back the clock to a socialist heaven (sic) of the ninteeen seventies, be it in France, the UK or Greece.
Does anyone believe that Greece’s Syriza government is bound for unlimited success and a golden twilight? Nemesis seems more current thought.
So that Saville Row question seems fair. “Which way do you dress, Sir,”
“To the left, just to the left of centre.” But it’s the “to the left” that counts.