Posts Tagged ‘Tony Blair’

The Return of Tony Blair

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

You can’t keep a good man down. Or, depending on preferences, a bad stench always lingers. Yes, Saint Tony has pre-announced a possible comeback. Caught between the rock of ruinous Toryism and the hardplace “ultra-leftism” of the Labour Party, His Blairness has identified a yawning gap where the centre ground should be. We’ve been here many times before, including quite recently. […]

Why Blair is the guy whose face is on the placard

by David Osland.

Richard Nixon famously told a press conference that he was ‘not a crook’. And in the sense that the late US president was never found guilty of anything whatsoever, the statement is factually incontestable. Likewise, Tony Blair is not a war criminal, even though contention to the contrary is a longstanding commonplace among anti-war campaigners, […]

Tony – Labour’s future is not in your past

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Tony, Tony, Tony, Tony. When I was a Trot I had it drilled into me that you don’t necessarily speak for yourself. You always have to think about how your conduct and the positions you’re arguing might reflect on your comrades. This sense of political self-responsibility, I think, is something of a virtue and my […]

How can Corbyn lead a party when he’s in a small minority where it matters most?

by Jon Lansman.

What happens when you are elected leader of the Labour Party with a massive mandate but a small minority where it most matters? Jeremy Corbyn is not the first Labour leader to find himself in this position and so we should consider what he can learn from the last one who faced a similar, perhaps […]

Would you take a donation from this man?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Last week, Jon Lansman argued that Blair’s donations were “dirty money, best refused”. Today Phil Burton-Cartledge takes a different view. Tony Blair wants to give 106 Labour candidates fighting marginal seats a thousand quid. For CLPs used to campaigning on a shoestring, that could stretch a long way. Yet because this largesse comes from Blair’s […]

Blair’s donations – dirty money, best refused

by Jon Lansman.

Tony Blair’s donation of £106,000 to Labour this week – divided between candidates in the party’s 106 designated target seats – doesn’t make him the party largest individual donor (there were seven individuals who gave more in 2014) but he is certainly the most controversial. Property tycoons like David Garrard (£629k), his late friend and former donor […]

Poll: Blair & Mandelson lead the race to the bottom (in popularity of retired politicians)

by Jon Lansman.

Ten days ago, Tony Blair offered to do “what it takes to help Ed Miliband win general election“. Michael Meacher on this site said thanks but we’d be better off without it. Today, a poll carried out by YouGov for the Times confirmed that he’s right. Asked about a number of retired politicians, Tony Blair and Peter […]

Blair offers to help: be very afraid

by Michael Meacher.

It’s difficult to know whether it’s worse to have Blair sniping at the margins of this election or saying he’s now supportive of the Labour leadership, so toxic has he become in Labour party terms. After already doing so much damage, he now has the gall to claim: “I will do what it takes to […]

Weaponising Tony Blair

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Regulars round these parts know I’m not a fan of Tony Blair. I don’t think much of his record in office, though I do recognise his legacy was more complex than Iraq and neoliberalism with a smile. Nor was I too enamoured of his new year interventions, which were widely read as a pop at […]

Statement by a former Labour Leader on the death of a brutal dictator… breathtaking

by Jon Lansman.

This statement was issued by the Tony Blair office today: I am very sad indeed to hear of the passing of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. I knew him well and admired him greatly. Despite the turmoil of events in the region around him, he remained a stable and sound ally, was […]

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