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Shooting the Messenger

Richard Dawkins and Tony Blair have at least one thing in common which is that whatever they say in public is immediately attacked by lots of boring people who are only too willing to ignore the message and shoot the messenger. TakeShow More Summary

Ed Ain't No Tony Blair

The nub of this opinion piece by Daniel Finkelstein is that 'Ed Miliband ain't no Tony Blair' which is a play on the put down used by Lloyd Bentsen who famously told his political rival, Dan Quayle, in a vice-presidential TV debate: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. Show More Summary

Look where Tony Blair’s messianic fervour has left us

While trawling down the Mail Online’s right-hand-side of the page porno strip, to consider analytically the latest photographs of Jessica Alba in a swimming costume, I came across a rather… Continue reading The post Look where Tony Blair’s messianic fervour has left us appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ed Miliband's People's Question Time is a stinker of an idea

Be afraid when politicians use the term "the People", or encourage it to be attached to one of their proposals for reform. When Tony Blair called Princess Diana "the People's Princess" I – along with millions of others in a then silent minority – recoiled. I wasn't a fan of Diana, and while it was [...]

Call Me Dave still has much to learn from The Master

David Cameron and Tony Blair faced identical tasks earlier this week. Both wished to force a reluctant group of back-sliders to adopt a more robust and pragmatic position. Cameron wanted… Continue reading The post Call Me Dave still has much to learn from The Master appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Is it time for ‘nose-peg Toryism’?

Before the election in 2005, the magnificently grand Polly Toynbee made a generous offer to Guardian readers reluctant to vote for Tony Blair after Iraq. ‘There is much to be… Continue reading The post Is it time for ‘nose-peg Toryism’? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Poisoning the Waterhole

John Rentoul can always be relied upon to speak common sense when it comes to a discussion about Tony Blair although the same can't be said for many sections of the media and for many members of the Labour Party. Two decades on, what...Show More Summary

Right Versus Wrong

The 'trick' that won Tony Blair and New Labour three Westminster elections on the trot was the frank admission that party policies had to appeal to a much wider audience than just Labour members and activists. So, for example, the Labour...Show More Summary

Dynasties beat personalities, every time

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, [...]

Denying Tony Blair's successes is like denying the Moon landings: they obviously happened

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 — the unloved one

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 Tony Blair's failure, Baroness Ashton should be the next Middle East Peace Envoy

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 [...]

Cabinet reshuffle: Michael Gove was winning, but he made the mistake of annoying a vested interest

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, [...]

Tony Blair is advising a murderer. Is there anything he won’t do?

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.

Full of Hate

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

Making peace is difficult – and that's not Tony Blair's fault

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 [...]

Labour Isn't Working

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

Perfect Excuse

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

Forget Blair – will David Cameron admit that Libya was a disaster?

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.

How long will Ed Miliband's tough line on welfare last?

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 [...]

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