Good-bye Tony

[…] and the one that assumes protection of the environment is entirely compatible with limitless economic growth. Someone else will have this ‘legacy’ to deal with as Mr Blair heads off into his well-paid ex-premiership status. The ten-year long weekend from reality will be over. Jonathan Bloch: The day after Blair was elected in 1997 […]

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Yo, Blair!

[…] been punctuated by journeys to Washington. He went there first with Gordon Brown in January 1993……’ Which is wrong, of course. As was reported in The Observer, Blair first went to Washington in 1986() and returned from his six week freebie a convinced supporter of the nuclear deterrent. (He had been a member of […]

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Blair and Israel

In January 1994, three months before John Smith’s death, the then shadow Home Secretary Tony Blair, with wife Cherie Booth, went on a trip to Israel at the Israeli government’s expense – a trip, incidentally, neither the Sopel nor Rentoul biographies of Blair mentioned. (1) Blair had always been sympathetic to Israel, had shared […]

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Blairusconi: populism and elite rule

Tony Blair will be remembered not just for the slaughter in Iraq, and the subsequent collapse of Labour in Scotland in face of a resurgent SNP, but as the Labour leader who could have forged common links across Europe but chose to side with one of the continent’s most despised figures. Charles Clarke, one […]

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Our leader

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Blair Anthony Seldon London: Free Press (Simon & Shuster), 2004, h/b, £20   What a tome! At 755 pages, with 40 chapters and 3000 plus footnotes, the book is neatly divided into chapters on either specific historical periods or significant individuals. The picture that emerges of Blair is striking in its variance from much of […]

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Historical Notes

[…] or Gore had been in the White House there would have been no war and secondly for what it tells us about British foreign policy in the Blair era. Let’s look at the details. The autumn of 1997 saw deteriorating relations between the USA and Iraq. The issue was Iraq’s unwillingness to open to […]

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The Blairs and their Court

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[…] Beckett and David Hencke London: Aurum Press, 2004, £18.99, h/b   According to Beckett and Hencke, in the late 1980s Nigel Lawson could never understand why Tony Blair was a member of the Labour Party rather than of the Conservative Party. This question subsequently occurred to a growing number of Labour Party members and […]

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Harassing Robert Henderson

In 1997 Robert Henderson, a retired civil servant, wrote to the then leader of the Opposition Tony Blair to ask for his help. Eventually he wrote a dozen or so letters to Blair and Cherie Booth. Blair then tried to have him prosecuted but the legal authorities refused to act. Blair or someone close […]

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Terrorism, Anti-Semitism and Dissent

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[…] Labour Party after allegations about his closeness to the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, brings together elements of the other three in a stinging criticism of Tony Blair and the politics of New Labour. By way of critical summary and review, I will attempt to outline how New Labour fits into the bigger picture […]

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The Labour Finance and Industry Group: a memoir

[…] a direct link between the system that looked after the leaders’ needs before 1997 and the loans scandal of 2006. On the contrary, I would argue that Blair in fact broke with a system that had some inbuilt controls – but it set a precedent for relying on rich men to deal with necessities.() […]

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