Tony Crosland died thirty years ago today (I wrote an brief Grauniad piece about it here).
In its early days New Labour and the wider left were keen to respond to the legacy of Thatcherism. (You even got left-wing academics - like Andrew Gamble, Hilary Wainwright and Raymond Plant - writing about Thatcher's great hero, Friedrich Hayek, in a positive way.)
After 10 years, as Labour takes stock, it is not so defensive. A change of Prime Minister provides a chance for Labour to return explicitly to its social democratic roots. This is why Crosland is still so important. His distinction between ends and means, his rich understanding of equality and his libertarian streak mean that his work should continue to provide important insights for Labour as it moves towards its second decade in power.