David Hall in Brighton: Labour pains

By David Hall In Bulletin from Abroad

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As an unusually glorious British summer turns on its last spurt, I’m in a darkened conference hall in Brighton to watch the annual Labour Party conference. Outside, locals carry trays of freshly poured pints to beachside tables. Inside, power-dressed delegates sweat it out, scurrying between talks, shaking hands, hatching plans. One question haunts me: Why pink? The main stage features stylised Union Jacks, their royal blues and imperial reds faded to azure and French pink. Are these the new colours of the centre left? Is a watered-down socialism intersecting with a diluted conservatism? ...

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