Remarkable stuff in the fourth volume of Alastair Campbell’s unexpurgated diaries, which are serialised in The Guardian yesterday and tomorrow.
The era of moderate politicians is at an end. Right across Europe many people who grew up on a diet of consumerism and political cynicism are beginning to shake-off apathy and re-engage. As a consequence, from the Élysée Palace to the so-called “cradle of democracy”, the people of Europe are starting to rediscover the radical possibilities of the ballot box.
Last week, Charles Taylor, the first former head of state to be convicted by an international tribunal since the judgement of high-level Nazis in Nuremberg, received a long-overdue conviction at the Hague for ‘aiding and abetting, as well as planning, some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history.’
Politics has changed. The Prime Minister is no longer given the benefit of the doubt. So U-turns are no longer seen as pragmatic responses to public opinion but as evidence of incompetence. So I wrote in The Independent on Sunday today, and by happy chance the Sunday Times YouGov poll provides the numbers:
Asked about the [...]
No sooner has Matthew Parris retired from the Blair-baiting business than his place is taken, rather closer to home, by my good colleague Owen Jones.
Fortunately, while Parris’s satirical purpose was often buried deep under his self-deprecating exterior, Jones’s humour is easier for the reader to grasp.
His skit this morning includes a line about the four [...]
I bring you good news from behind the Times pay wall. This, from Matthew Parris:
On Monday I withdrew from the Blair commentary industry. Asked if I would offer a report from that morning’s session of the Leveson Inquiry, I had to choose between doing so and attending an old friend’s funeral in Derby. I took [...]
I have been inundated with a request, from Polly Toynbee, for my opinion on an article in The Observer by my friend Nick Cohen, in which he describes Tony Blair, on account of his association with President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, as “a George Galloway with a Learjet at his disposal”. I have told her that I was disappointed by the article.
Ed Balls, in an interview with Matthew d’Ancona for GQ, has finally replied to the suggestion by Tony Blair in his memoir A Journey that the Shadow Chancellor does not “get” aspiration.
Peter Popham has a good article at The Daily Beast on Tony Blair’s evil conspiracy to subvert the British way of life by “re-engaging” in UK politics. I agree with it, which is hardly surprising as I spoke to Popham and he quotes me in it.
What I thought was interesting was that a quotation from [...]
Fifteen years ago today Tony Blair won the first of three elections. To mark this momentous anniversary, a few things.
1. The man himself has been interviewed by China Daily TV. The story is here, and the video is here, which I do recommend for the interviewer (pictured), who is wonderful. A couple of times he [...]
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