As Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has frequently argued that Conservative policy on everything from the economy to schools and public broadcasting is part of an ideological attack. Similarly, former Labour minister Yvette Cooper (2015) attacked the Conservative government for making ‘an ideological attempt to shrink the state and our public services’. In turn, former Conservative leader David Cameron claimed that Corbyn’s views on terrorism were part of his ‘Britain-hating ideology’ (Bennett, 2015). Whatever the rights and wrongs of these claims, they are all based on the same assumption: that their opponents’ actions are driven by an ‘ideology’, which informs their actions.
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