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The Review failed to recognise, or convincingly respond to, the ideological challenge of the New Right both to socialism as a whole, and to Labour's identification of 'social ownership' with the operation of the British state. Having considered the ideological elements of the Review which were supposed to provide the basis for its future deliberations, those deliberations themselves must now be considered. The following chapter analyses the policymaking structures of the Review itself and the way these affected Labour's existing policy-making system, this is followed by a consideration of the policy output of the Review as exemplified by the Review's economic policies, and an examination of the electoral impact of the Review.
It also represented a conscious decision by the guiding lights of the Review, and the Party Leader, to transcend existing Party infighting on such issues as nuclear defence and the European Community. In doing so it was hoped that the narrow dogmatism of 'left-right' splits on such issues could be pushed aside and a new Party unity could be built around a common purpose for the nineties. This common purpose was itself to be based on the practical problems the Party would face in government, forming the bedrock of the Kinnockite alliance, from which the Review would emerge.
These were linked to absence of restraint, but beyond this to the positive possession of economic and political strength. They extend beyond the bounds of government activity to include 'state, corporate or private power of every sort'. Crucially they were linked to the second major philosophical theme of Aims and Values: equality. The economic power to make choices was stressed, but: 'economic change will not in itself and alone build the society which socialists wish to create. We need a more equal distribution of power as well as of wealth' (Labour Party, 1988, 3).