The Left ties itself into knots over the issue of market choice, mostly because the Right have hijacked the idea that only in the market can you have choice, a choice that can only be provided by the private sector. These knots are not just academic. In Britain we see the New Labour Government and their progressive critics locked in an increasingly bitter dispute about choice in the NHS and public services as a whole. Without commenting on the particulars of that debate, it is certainly the case that there is much confusion over the political concepts of ‘markets’ and ‘choice’. If it can work through these problems, the Left could eventually become the champions of both.