If discourse, emotion, criticism, culture all intersect with the concept of ideology and claim it for their own, can politics still declare a prior vested interest in ideology? Can ‘ideology’ still be employed as shorthand for political ideology? This ‘Conclusion: why politics can't do without ideology’ makes the case for its core role in political ideology. Why is ideology central to the domain of politics? Four features make it central: its typical forms in which ideologies are presented; its influential kinds of political thought; its instances of imaginative creativity; and the necessity that ideologies need to be communicable.