From the Morning Briefing: subscribe here It's just like old times. Tony Blair's Philip Gould Lecture is widely reported – and guess what? There was something in there for almost everyone. A warning to stick to the centre ground has been interpreted as "a thinly veiled attack on Ed Miliband," by our man Matt Holehouse. Elsewhere, [...]
Tony Blair is back on the scene with a speech to mark 20 years since he became Labour leader, provoking the usual torrent of commentary. Some of it is embarrassingly hagiographic, some dripping with bile. The hagiography I can understand; he's the only Labour politician to win a majority since the Moon landings, after all. [...]
Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think tank. The speech would have enraged the likes of Len… Continue reading The post Tony Blair — the unloved one appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
After a great deal of procrastination, David Cameron has at last chosen the UK’s next European Commissioner. Jonathan Hill, the former Leader of the Lords, is a much wiser choice than many critics have suggested. He is competent, unobtrusive and knows exactly how bureaucracies work. This leaves a really interesting question. What is to become [...]
Reshuffles are always difficult. Many of Tony Blair's, for example, were unplanned – the result of resignations. And there is often, in the middle of them, a heart-sink moment when you remember that someone has been overlooked or, worse, completely forgotten. At their best, reshuffles show grip and direction on the part of the centre, [...]
I see that Tony Blair is to advise Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on economic reform. El-Sisi has incarcerated 20,000 protestors, a bunch of journalists and murdered 2,500 opponents. Is… Continue reading The post Tony Blair is advising a murderer. Is there anything he won’t do? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Seumas Milne has lent his intellectual 'weight' to a campaign that is calling for Tony Blair to be removed as the Middle East peace envoy, as if the former Labour leader is responsible for decades of failure to resolve the bloody dispute between Israel and its Arab neighbours. Show More Summary
It turns out that there are some people who don't think that Tony Blair should be Middle East Peace Envoy. And they have written a letter to the papers saying just that. Well, blow me down. Of course, I do understand that Tony Blair still fascinates us. He remains the model of what political leadership [...]
For years the Labour Party assured the nation that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown got on like a house on fire, but after losing the 2010 general election the truth finally came tumbling out and confirmed what insiders knew already - that the leading figures were best of enemies rather than best of friends. Show More Summary
Now here's something you don't come across every day - a thoughtful, rational and balanced opinion piece about the former Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair written by someone who clearly regards himself as a political opponent. The 'baying...Show More Summary
Never mind Tony Blair and his denials over Iraq. As our government contemplates its response to the latest crisis in Iraq, mow may be the right moment for a different… Continue reading The post Forget Blair – will David Cameron admit that Libya was a disaster? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
From the Morning Briefing: subscribe here The last two World Cups have been marked by changes of the guard in the Labour leadership – the 2006 coup that forced Tony Blair's resignation, the 2010 leadership election that saw Ed Miliband installed as party leader. The problem for Labour is that they are highly unlikely to [...]
I wonder how tomorrow's Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty, hosted by the Centre for Policy Studies and sponsored by the Telegraph, will address one of the indisputable facts of her premiership: that she was hated with an intensity without precedent in modern British politics. I was a student when she was Prime Minister: I'll always [...]
Boris Johnson is wrong. Tony Blair has not, as Boris observes in his characteristically forthright style, “gone mad”. It is true his “Essay” on the current carnage in Iraq makes numerous claims that are “jaw-droppingly and breathtakingly at variance with reality”. But it doesn’t follow all this represents a cry for “professional psychiatric help”. Quite [...]
Well, people have certainly got off their chest how they feel about Tony Blair. Those who always opposed the war in Iraq have united to cry "we told you so" and "shut up". Those who once supported it and him - like John Prescott - now...Show More Summary
Whether or not the Iraq war was wise, it’s fair to say that it is now unwise for Tony Blair to intervene in the ongoing foreign policy debate. The former… Continue reading The post Blair haunts foreign policy debate appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
From my Morning Briefing: subscribe here What is David Cameron's response to the Isis surge in Iraq? In fact, what is his response to the wider spread of Islam-inspired medievalism that challenges the West and its values, from Brunei's adoption of Sharia, to feudal Pakistani culture, to Boko Haram in Nigeria, to the pockets of [...]
The pictures appear to show captured Iraqi soldiers in civilian clothes being led away by militants - and also images purporting to show mass executions - BBC report Here's the full text of Tony Blair's essay on the bloody politics of...Show More Summary
The way the Lib Dems have responded to the Trojan Horse revelations must be causing the Conservatives to thank their lucky stars they took Tony Blair’s advice on shaking up… Continue reading The post Tories hit back at Clegg call for academy changes appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The way the Lib Dems have responded to the Trojan Horse revelations must be causing the Conservatives to thank their lucky stars they took Tony Blair’s advice on shaking up… Continue reading The post Trojan Horse allegations highlight the coalition divide over education reforms appeared first on Spectator Blogs.