What is a Blairite?
My esteemed colleague Steve Richards, writing in a rival newspaper, says that Blairites “do not exist”. I was ready to text him with a polite “ahem”, when I realised that he had specifically included me (and Tony Blair) in the category of non-existent Blairites.
I am thus forced to set out my rather inadequate definition of Blairism:
A Blairite wants to win as broad as possible a coalition of support on the centre and left to make the country fairer, whereas the non-Blairite left think you can go faster towards equality without the centre because such change will generate its own support, and the non-Blairite right don’t care about equality.
It was notable that Steve didn’t mention public service reform, but, really, you need to read the book.
Update. Thanks to Alex Doel for a more succinct definition: “Blairite n. an individual who stubbornly refuses to make the Labour Party unelectable.”Tagged in: blairism, blairites, tony blair
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