Posts Tagged ‘Tony Blair’

What Tony Blair gets wrong

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Taking time out from hanging with Bono and advising Central Asian dictators on how best to spin repression and executions, His Blairness has condescended to return to British politics to tell us things. And there are two things on his mind: Brexit and the election result. To save you the trouble, I’ve read his essay […]

The Latest Return of Tony Blair

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s been a few months, so we were due another return of Tony Blair. And so we had today’s intervention in the Brexit debate, fulfilling his earlier promise that he was going to get more active in British politics again. Naturally, and it couldn’t have escaped His Blairness’s notice even as he moves among the higher planes, is […]

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 […]

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