http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/janetdaley/7550253/The-New-Labour-project-was-always-destined-to-fail.html The power of language defeated the forces of logic, says Janet Daley. "Could it ever have worked? Was New Labour, which seemed to offer the best of all worlds â freedom as well as "fairness", unlimited wealth creation without social inequality, opportunity without the possibility of failure â always a mythical beast? The disillusion has become an epidemic: first the public service professionals â the doctors and teachers â became alienated, even though they were precisely the people who should have been most enthusiastic about the munificent new dispensation. Then it became clear that the equality which this new "social market" was designed to deliver had not materialised: disparities of income and educational achievement were greater than ever. Now the business community, whose support was so essential to the credibility of the reconstructed Left, has repudiated the Labour government: that irreducible core belief in tax-and-spend has finally exhausted the goodwill of those who cannot afford to deny reality any longer. So was there ever a plausible Left-wing political programme that could have provided what Labour proposed: a no-risk, no-pain, no-losers version of a free-market economy and â even more important â of a meritocratic society in which individual aspiration would be seen as a virtue rather than a form of selfishness? Even describing the project now makes the contradictions clear. Freedom involves risk, by definition. The possibility of loss is implicit in the concept of enterprise. A dynamic, competitive economy and a socially mobile society necessarily involve the possibility of disparities of achievement and inequalities of outcome." john Could have told you so OH ! 13 years ago.