Owen Jones wants to tell us that Labour’s grand promise to nationalise broadband provision is a great idea, up there with the glories of past election victories. There being just the very slight problem with this, he’s talking about the promises people make before an election, not what they actually provide after one:
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“Let us face the future”: this is how Labour’s 1945 manifesto rallied voters in the aftermath of cataclysmic war. There would be “no depressed areas in the New Britain”, it boldly declared, while the nation required “a tremendous overhaul, a great programme of modernisation and re-equipment of its homes, its factories and machinery, its schools, its social services”.