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Blair urges Labour to abandon Corbynism

Wednesday 18th December 2019
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From 1997 to 2007, Tony Blair was prime minister of the UK, and leader of the Labour Party, so it is no surprise that he feels the need to voice his opinion when his old colleagues are in trouble.

However, his voice has been marred by his part in the Iraq war, and particularly the WMD scandal, so although he got the attention of the UK press today, many in the Labour Party are loathe to give his words too much credence.

Of course Blair also put his head above the parapet when it came to Brexit, declaring that leaving the EU would be a catastrophe for the country, and much of the Labour party’s post mortem about their catastrophic election result has highlighted the fact that many voters turned to the tories because they felt disappointed with labour’s stance on Europe.

The accusations and recriminations, although mild over the weekend, have now started to unravel as expected and it seems that Corbyn himself is coming under a great deal of flak.

Interestingly when the party members elected Corbyn, Blair once again jumped onto the front pages and warned that this route would see the demise of the Labour Party for a generation and it seems on that point he was right.

It had always been Blair’s belief that political loyalty was always to be won in the middle ground in the UK, and during his time at the top he certainly pulled his form of socialism to the centre, if not the centre right.

Under his watch, the unions had less power within the Labour machine, something which has been completely reversed under Corbyn and it is this point in particular that Blair is forcing into the public domain today.

Not mincing his words he described Labour’s current leadership as ‘sectarian’, which prevented them from building a coalition during the difficult three years post EU Referendum, at a time when the government was at its weakest.

He urges Labour to return to what he calls the mainstream of social democratic thinking and abandon Corbynism, which while attractive to youngsters would never harass enough support to create a parliament.

Will anyone listen to Blair?

That is an interesting question and it may be that in creating a radical model to replace the one defeated at the ballot box, the party may have to return to its least radical template.

Of course, it will be who is chosen as their next leader which will indicate where the party is headed and potential candidates will be taking the temperature of opinion from all across the country to position themselves successfully.

Perhaps Keir Starmer might fit into Blair’s criteria?

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