Gerard Henderson (“Why Latham’s third way was a dead end”, on this page yesterday) grossly exaggerates rumours of the third way’s demise.

For Henderson, the third way is identical with triangulation, an electoral strategy popularised by former Clinton adviser Dick Morris. According to Henderson, triangulation entails focusing on values over the economy in an attempt to outmanoeuvre one’s political opponents. Henderson argues that Mark Latham has now dropped the third way in search of the political centre.

The available evidence suggests otherwise. The third way has always been about moving to the centre — and triangulation has been one of the strategies for getting there.

Read the full article on The Age

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