I was going through a few old books the other day and I came across a little number called Alternatives: Socialist Essays for the 1980's, first published in 1986.
It's co-edited by old Mr Third Way himself, Steve Maharey. He is, of course, now Vice-Chancellor at Massey University.
The former Labour minister pens a few thoughts of his own and they make for interesting reading over twenty years later.
Maharey argues that socialists should orientate themselves to parliamentary politics and, not surprisingly, support the Labour Party. Says Maharey:'...socialists will need to work within mass institutions like the Labour Party.'
This is, apparently, what Steve was doing. Who would have guessed?
But here's the real gem. According to Maharey ',..it is possible for the Labour Party to be socialist and to be in government.'
The massive decline in Labour Pray membership since then totally refutes Maharey's first claim and some nine years of Maharey's version of 'socialist government' clearly exposes the absurdity of his second claim.
Unfortunately there are still people today peddling the same discredited ideas. Step up Chris Trotter, The Standard bloggers, etc.
It seems that this lot have learnt nothing at all from recent history.
They are intent on repeating the same old mistakes.