Tony Blair made a tentative return to politics last week as an advisor to the Labour Party. For a number of people on the left, including your humble servant, this did not sit particularly well. Many of us had hoped that under the stewardship of Ed Miliband the Labour Party would move beyond the privatisation and political cowardice of the “triangulation” years to a more confidently social democratic outlook
If some of the more hysterical right wing papers are to be believed there is only one type of young person; the angry, feckless yob that graces the front of the tabloids carrying various electronic goods looted from Argos.
Having heard the revelation that Tony Blair is godfather to RupertMurdoch and Wendi Deng’s daughter, Grace, i looks at other high-profile godparents fromthe Big Screen to Buckingham Palace. It’s a listwhich would impress Don Corleone himself.
Blair was clearly keen on a tough international stance towards Saddam Hussein but I don’t get the impression that it could be described as an “obsession” for the former Prime Minister.
It was a speech that hit Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Mandelson and the entire New Labour hierarchy – including his own brother David – over the head with their own playbook. Ed Miliband showed in one powerful punch that he got the first lesson of New Labour, namely; start by challenging your own party’s orthodoxies.
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