Letter: Third Way thinking

Sir: The best phrase to describe the Third Way (leading article, 9 June) is "benevolent pragmatism"; that is subjecting any government proposal to the two criteria "Is it good?" and "Will it work?" Using this definition, it is clear how the Third Way will antagonise both wings of the political spectrum - the Old Right, who hardly ever did anything benevolent, and the Old Left, who hardly ever did anything that worked.

STUART RUSSELL

Poulton, Gloucestershire

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