Name:  Paul Skidmore

Bio: Senior Researcher at London’s Demos Institute

Whatever Happened to Tony Blair’s Third Way? – 28th October 2004

This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.17 No.1 in 2005 (pages 1-9)

During a visit to Sydney, Paul Skidmore, Senior Reseracher at London’s Demos, addressed The Sydney Institute on Thursday 28 October 2004. Recalling that former US President Bill Clinton had much to do with the promotion of the language of the “Third Way” in political conversations of the 1990s, Paul Skidmore reflected on how quickly it had all faded into history. According to Skidmore, the language and principles of the Third Way were “designed for an era in which globalisation was basically about markets, the movement of people, finance and goods and services”. And all this, he argued, disappeared or became irrelevant following the attack on New York on 11 September 2001.