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The Blair era is drawing to close not with a bang but with a great deal of whimpering. The socialist candidate for the Labour leadership, John McDonnell MP, compared the intrigues and back-stabbing campaigns of the past week to an episode of The Sopranos. Launching his leadership campaign the left-wing MP for Hayes and Harlington is concentrating on politics, and on policies in the interests of working class people. What is needed, he argues, is “a national campaign for a radical break with the failed policies of new Labour", adding that changing leaders would "not be enough to save Labour at the next election".