January 22, 2005


I'm no neo-Thatcherite, Blair tells Labour activists (Gaby Hinsliff, January 23, 2005, The Observer)

Tony Blair insisted he was no 'warmed-up neo-Thatcherite' yesterday as he sought to reassert his traditional Labour credentials in the run-up to the election.

In a speech in London, the Prime Minister moved to galvanise disaffected party activists who believe he has lost touch with their values by warning that Labour must now 'fight to keep' the social changes it had made over the past eight years. [...]

This reflects private alarm at the prospect of a low turnout undermining Labour's chances, particularly in marginal seats, with disaffected supporters who think Blair has moved too far to the right sitting on their hands assuming the government will manage without them.

However, Blair added the party could only win by being 'strong on defence and law and order' and allowing 'no political correctness, no outdated thinking' to stand between it and the public. [...]

The 'neo-Thatcherite' label is one repeatedly used against Blair by the left, who believe he has gone too far in introducing market forms and want a change of leader.

Just plain Thatcherite.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 22, 2005 11:42 PM

Certainly more Thatcherite than the Tory clowns on the opposite benches.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 23, 2005 2:27 AM


I wonder if they expect him to tell the truth to a party he hates?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 23, 2005 3:21 AM