LETTER : Where are the true offspring of the SDP? Not in New Labour

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From Mr Graham Watson, MEP

Sir: Polly Toynbee's "if you can't beat them, join them" approach is profoundly depressing to those who seek real reforms in the UK. By swallowing the Tory agenda in mouthfuls, Tony Blair is positioning himself almost ideally to betray the hopes of this generation just as completely as Harold Wilson did the last. Far from being "son of SDP", he emerges from the left-wing Labour more like Rosemary's Baby.

Fortunately, many of the radicals from the SDP are still active in politics, fighting for reform under the banner of the Liberal Democrats which they helped to design.

Yours sincerely,

GRAHAM WATSON

MEP for Somerset and

North Devon (Lib Dem)

Brussels

21 June

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