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LONDON-Years of Regression

Gandhi realise that performance is the critical area of decision. If the moribund old Congress talks of a tripartite (Congress-Swatantra-Jan Sangh) alliance, ft' the discredited CPI makes an opportunist bid for votes with its "land grab" call, if the energetic but cynical CPM plays for instructive power, it is only solid performance by the ruling party at the Centre which can neutralise these disruptive tactics and transform the political scene. What's more, it is performance, motivated and involved in the ordinary problems of ordinary people, which can also heighten the developing splits in the opposition THE 1970 general election in Britain will be remembered in the same light its Harry S Truman's shock election as President in the USA. In the weeks leading up to June 18, the date of the general election, political pundits were debating the size of the Labour Party's majority in the now Parliament. No one, except perhaps Heath, seriously believed that this non-election could see the reversal which has taken place. Now, with the advantage of hindsight, these same pundits are trying to regain face, and explain what went wrong with the Labour Party's campaign, and why everything went right for Heath.

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