Long phoney war finally makes way for real battle

We’ve all heard of the theory of the permanent campaign, as introduced by Wild Bill Clinton’s people in 1992 and installed in Downing Street under Tony Blair, but it has been taken to ridiculous levels in this country.

23rd September, 2006

We’ve all heard of the theory of the permanent campaign, as introduced by Wild Bill Clinton’s people in 1992 and installed in Downing Street under Tony Blair, but it has been taken to ridiculous levels in this country.

Where for others it means having a hyperactive government communications effort focused on getting policies through, here it means that all parties and the media are obsessed with electoral campaigning at all times.

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