Why Labour introduce tuition fees?

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Since they're the socialist party, surely they would be against tuition fees?
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Since they're the socialist party, surely they would be against tuition fees?
Labour, at the time at least , were not socialist.
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Labour, at the time at least , were not socialist.
What's the point in Labour then?
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Labour is not a socialist party. For starters, they are supposed to be a social-democratic party (nevermind that the term has some different implications in the UK). New Labour took quite some parts from economic liberalism, tuition fees being one of them. Obviously there are also some leftist arguments for tuition fees, e.g. the fact that no tuition basically means that those already well off get a free ride on the backs of those not at university. But I highly doubt New Labour was concerned with that kind of social justice when introducing them.
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What's the point in Labour then?
Socialism doesn't work. Labour instead stand for social democracy and they accept capitalism.

The further towards the centre they go, of course, the more they abandon the principles on what the party was founded. However because the political landscape is changing so much, they have to adopt/drop policies to have any chance in gaining political power.
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What's the point in Labour then?
Post-1994, Labour has pursued vaguely social democratic/Third Way policies, not socialist policies.
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Labour under Blair were a social democratic party which supported socially interventionist policies while also endorsing a relatively free market and abandoning the parties historical commitment to nationalisation. Blair cleverly continued the legacy of Thatcher and Major while reaffirming the parties commitment to wealth distribution.

He is hated by the left because they are not clever enough to realise their own policies would be catastrophic.

He is hated by the right because they dislike his ridiculous tax policies.
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