January 8, 2006


Blair says strong case for Brown (BBC, 1/08/06)

Tony Blair has given his strongest endorsement yet for Chancellor Gordon Brown to succeed him as Labour leader.

Mr Blair said he believed New Labour would "continue long after I've gone".

He told the BBC there would be a new leader at the next election, adding "let's assume it's Gordon", who will take New Labour "on to a new level". [...]

"[I] think what is clear is that if we're sensible as a political party and carry on learning the lessons of why we spent 18 years in opposition and now we've got three terms of government.

"If we're sensible about it, we can move to the next level, the next stage and be extremely successful. And that's what I want to see.

"There is no doubt in my mind that New Labour will continue and will continue well after I have gone," he said.

"It is sometimes said that Gordon is, you know, not New Labour, he is old Labour, he is a roadblock to reform. It is complete nonsense. He is completely and totally on the same lines as me."

Bill Clinton thought the same of Al Gore, not understanding how powerful was the desire to lurch back to the Left, such that the New Democrats no longer exist. This natural reactionary tendency was exacerbated by having George Bush run on the Third Way, so that they were reacting against what had just worked for them for eight (or at least six) years. It's easy to imagine the same thing happening to Labour, in which case the biggest problem Mr. Brown faces is being seen as another Blair

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2006 10:03 AM

" ... take New Labour "on to a new level". [...]
I guess Blair means a new level of conservatism. How many neo's is that now?

Posted by: erp at January 8, 2006 11:10 AM