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Below are some of the things written and said about the book so far, including articles, reviews, podcasts and blogs.

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'Can Starmer break Labour’s curse?' Dominic Sandbrook, Unherd, 06.12.22

'Labour needs to learn to speak plainly again, or else it is doomed', Independent, Chris Clarke, 26.04.22

'Thinking in Straight Lines', Chris Clarke, Progressive Britain, Spring 2022

Knight moves: The challenges facing Keir Starmer as Labour leader, James O'Brien, Times Literary Supplement, 09.07.21

PUPPET MASTERS, LOST GOLDEN AGES – the myths that hold Labour back, The Bunker podcast, with Nick Cohen, July 2021


'The problems with Labour mythology', Anthony Broxton, The Critic, 20.5.21

'Labour can’t read the writing on the wall', Trevor Phillips, The Times, 17.5.21


'Against their interests' - an analysis following the Hartlepool by-election, Medium, 07.03.21

Labour and the Dark Knight: why the left should choose moral pluralism over purity, email exchange between Chris Clarke and Neal Lawson, Prospect, 18.03.21

The Dark Knight and the Puppet Master with Chris Clarke, Mile End Institute Podcast, Tim Bale, 27.01.21

In Brief: A Year With Swollen Appendices; The Octopus Man; The Dark Knight and the Puppet Master – reviews, Alexander Larman, The Observer, 24.01.21

Onwards and Upwards, Fabian Society, Chris Clarke, 8.1.21

'Rule one for sensible politicians: don’t call yourself a centrist', Times Red Box, Chris Clarke, 10.12.20​

'Pluralism, Not Populism' - Chris Clarke for The Progressive Britain Podcast, December 2020

'Labour should learn from Biden’s refusal to condemn opponents', LabourList, Chris Clarke, 10.11.20


'Anti-Semitism, morality and left populism', Renewal Journal, Chris Clarke, 06.11.20

The Dark Knight and The Puppet Master with Chris Clarke, Debated Podcast, November 2020.

'Mini-reviews of three Labour books worth reading', The Guardian, Andrew Sparrow, 20.09.20

'Warring Fictions', Interview with Emma Burnell for House of Comments Podcast, 13.04.20

'Believe it or not, Keir Starmer may find it surprisingly easy to unite the Labour Party', The Independent, John Rentoul, 16.02.20

'The Labour leadership election only matters if the party breaks with the past', Martin Kettle, Guardian, 06.02.20

'Labour won’t end anti-Semitism until we ditch Puppet-Master ideas about politics', Medium, 06.02.20

Warring Fictions with Chris Clarke, Debated Podcast, February 2020.

'Why does Labour never know what it’s got till it’s (long) gone?' Medium, 21.01.20

'Why Labour's leadership election is not a battle of left and right', New Statesman, Chris Clarke, 13.01.20

Who can fix the problem of polarisation within the British Labour Party? RSA podcast, 14.1.20

Losing Sides, Fabian Society, January 2020

How do we stop the ‘Long Road Back to Power’ becoming Groundhog Day? Progress Online, 7.1.20

'The Dark Knight and the Puppet Master – self-destructive political myths', Radix, Professor Colin Talbot and Chris Clarke, 03.01.20

'Labour's Corbynite left are lost on Fantasy Island'(£), The Times, David Aaronovitch, 19.12.19

‘Where now for Change UK?', Medium, 31.5.19

A moral maze, Fabian Review, Spring Edition, 2019

'Populism, pluralism and the politically homeless', Big Tent Ideas podcast, March 2019

‘Two-tiers good, four-tiers bad’ - how we prevent a Brexit culture war, Medium, 15.1.19

Radicals against populism, Progress Online, 7.1.19

What the row over Kate Osamor’s council house tells us about Corbynism, Red Roar, 21.12.18

Labour’s Brexit Fudge Is Rooted In Decline NarrativesHuff Post, 12.12.18

I don’t believe we live in a dictatorship. Can I still be a socialist? Left Foot Forward, 27.11.18

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