Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Advice from the third way

Tony Blair refashioned the Labour Party and its programs. And he lead the party to victory. Then the party reverted, in many ways, to its pre-Blair incarnation. Now the former PM offers advice about getting back to winning ways.

Tony Blair warns against moving left as Jeremy Corbyn leads poll
Labour has "rediscovered losing", former Prime Minister Tony Blair warned as a poll put left-winger Jeremy Corbyn ahead in the leadership contest.

Blair
Mr Blair said Labour could win again - but not from a "traditional leftist platform" and said it had to "move on"...

Addressing the Progress think tank, Mr Blair said the "debilitating feature" of the leadership contest was that it was being presented as a choice "between heart and head", adding that people who say their heart is with Mr Corbyn should "get a transplant"…

Since he became Labour leader 21 years ago, the party had "discovered winning successively" then "rediscovered losing successively", he said, adding: "Personally I prefer winning."…

May's election was "out of the playbook of the 1980s" with the Conservatives seen as the party of economic competence and Labour of compassion, he said, adding that the party should avoid repeating past defeats by occupying the centre ground of politics…


John Prescott tells Tony Blair to 'calm down'
Lord Prescott
Lord Prescott has criticised Tony Blair's intervention in the Labour leadership contest, telling the former prime minister to "calm down".

Mr Blair urged against a lurch to the left and said people who said their heart was with Jeremy Corbyn should "get a transplant".

Ex-Deputy PM Lord Prescott said his comments were "unacceptable", saying Labour was all about heart and head.

He urged the party to "stop the abuse" and "get back to policy"…

And he was highly critical of Mr Blair over his comments on Wednesday warning that Labour would not win again if it shifted its policies leftwards…

He said Labour had lost a lot of support because of the 2003 Iraq War and said the former prime minister should reflect on that…

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