March 19, 2010

BLAIR'S HEIR IS HER HEIR:

A duplicitous warmonger in thrall to the rich... so why DO the Tories want to be the heirs to Blair? (Stephen Glover, 3/18/10, Daily Mail)

In one sense, it should be no surprise that Mr Cameron and Mr Gove and the even younger George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor, should venerate Mr Blair.

After all, he won three elections on the trot for Labour, a feat which no other leader of his party had ever achieved.

These three young Tories came of age politically in a world dominated by Tony Blair. They could hardly fail to respect the talents of the Labour leader as their own party was hammered again and again.

They were in a similar position to that once occupied by the young Gordon Brown and Tony Blair who, after entering Parliament in 1983, watched as Margaret Thatcher carried all before her.

As she was the dominant figure during their political education, so Blair and what he stood for understandably helped shape the thinking of these young Tories.

But whereas the effect of Mrs Thatcher, as she then was, on New Labour was almost wholly beneficial, encouraging the party to jettison socialist economic policies and embrace free market principles, it is difficult to see what Mr Blair achieved which should be eagerly copied by the modern Tory Party.


Can he really not figure out why the Tory Party should also be Thatcherite?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2010 6:05 AM
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