On Saturday I attended Labour’s special conference at the Excel centre in London’s Docklands. In about 30 or 40 years' time, as I sit in my rocking chair, pipe in hand, wide-eyed children may look up at me, and in breathless voices say “Really Grandad? You were actually at Labour’s 2014 special conference? The one [...]
My colleague Dan Hannan argues that Hitler was a socialist. It's a popular idea among libertarians, often used to shame the opposition – after all the Nazis did call themselves National Socialists. But, then again, Tony Blair once said he was a socialist, too. So labels can be misleading. That Hitler wasn't a socialist became [...]
People pay Tony Blair handsomely for his PR advice; but, today, thanks to the hacking trial at the Old Bailey, we allegedly get to see a glimpse of the Great… Continue reading The post Rebekah Brooks’s ‘Hutton style’ email appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
An email has just been read out – detonated would be a better phrase – from the phone hacking trial. It appears to suggest that Tony Blair was advising Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch on how to deal with the firestorm engulfing them. For obvious reasons it isn’t possible to go into the implications for that case, which [...]
Just after Gordon Brown replaced Labour's Tony Blair as Prime Minister, on 27 June 2007, part of the UK was hit by devastating floods and we had similar pictures to this we have seen in recent weeks - of politicians stomping around in Wellington boots doing their best to sound supportive and solicitous. Show More Summary
Now look, as Tony Blair would say, homophobia is bad. Very bad. But does that mean we have to turn the Sochi Winter Olympics into a sort global gay pride… Continue reading The post The unbearable smugness of the anti-Sochi gay protests appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Have you ever harboured affection for Tony Blair’s arse? According to reports, you may not be alone. Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch’s former missus, apparently yearned for Tony’s piercing blue eyes, sexy… Continue reading The post The strange tale of Wendi and Tone appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Last week a barman tried to arrest Tony Blair for “crimes against peace”. Now we learn that IRA victims are planning to sue the former prime minister over allegations that he helped Libya’s Gaddafi do a deal. Amusing, eh? Funny to see the smile wiped off Tony Blair’s face as he gets his comeuppance. Except [...]
Tony Blair makes the case for a more tolerant 'live and let live' approach to the teaching of religion around the world in this article published by the Observer. Now I don't have a problem with what the former Labour Prime MinisterShow More Summary
Tony Blair had an opinion piece in the Observer yesterday in which he argued that religious extremism has become the biggest source of conflict around the world. Now I agree with that assessment and as I've said on the blog site many...Show More Summary
I can't take anyone with the name of Twiggy Garcia seriously, but this is the name of the clown who says he tried to effect a 'citizen's arrest' of Tony Blair the other day - egged on by the Guardian columnist, George Monbiot. Now IShow More Summary
As Rod pointed out the other day, Arthur Scargill’s purchase of his council flat illustrated the triumph of Thatcherism over its opponents; like any winning ideology it created the conditions… Continue reading The post Tony Blair’s cultural revolution has won, at least in the Conservative Party appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Six and a half years after Gordon Brown finally badgered Tony Blair out of Downing Street, the relationship between these two men still dominates British politics. Why? Because David Cameron… Continue reading The post How the warring ghosts of Blair and Brown still haunt their successors appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Tony Blair won the 1997 general election by a landslide and in the early days of that Labour Government - Labour accepted a £1 million donation from Bernie Ecclestone the diminutive and very wealthy face of Formula One motor racing.Show More Summary
About seven years ago, I interviewed Bill Rammell, a Labour foreign office minister who that time was in charge of Tony Blair's policy to stop drug production in Afghanistan. As a portfolio, it struck me as something of a tough one, roughly equivalent to being tasked with being Minister in Charge of Wave Prevention to [...]
As the Telegraph reports today, Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, is blocking the publication of correspondence between George W Bush and Tony Blair ahead of the Iraq War, together with later correspondence between Gordon Brown and Mr Bush – thus effectively stalling the already heavily delayed Iraq Inquiry. • Tim Stanley: The squalor of [...]
If you want a career in politics, don’t listen to Tony Blair. Seems odd, I know, given how successful a politician he was, and how I am regularly accused of being a Blairite zombie, but there you go. Sometimes hard … Continued
Tony Blair was doing his former-prime-minister routine the other day, at an event hosted by the excellent Mile End Group in London. These occasions always serve as a reminder that the Blair premiership was the most expensive training programme ever undertaken in history.
Newcastle upon Tyne Andrew Adonis is not your conventional ‘retired’ politician. The sprightly 50-year-old shadow infrastructure minister remains more influential than his current job title suggests. After running Tony Blair’s… Continue reading The post Andrew Adonis interview: HS2, free schools and running for Mayor of London appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
How different politics was in the 1990s. Remember Bill Clinton in America, feelin’ folks' pain? Politicians – like young Tony Blair – were learning to triangulate, positioning themselves oh-so-reasonably between two competing points of view. Another US import, the “spin doctor”, was busy rationing MPs' access to the broadcast media, making sure those that got [...]