September 1, 2010

AS MAGGIE HAD THE EUROPHILES AND CLINTON HAD HILLARY AND W HAD THE HOUSE GOP AND RUDD HAD GILLARD...

Tony Blair: Gordon Brown had 'zero' emotional intelligence (Heidi Blake, 01 Sep 2010, Daily Telegraph)

In an interview with Andrew Marr, Mr Blair criticised his sucessor's performance in office: "I always knew that if we departed a millimetre from New Labour we were going to be in trouble," he said.

"In my view what we needed to do in 2007 was we needed to renew New Labour with vigour, take it to the next stage, being the party that reforms welfare and public services, carried on deepening those reforms.

"I think we somewhat backed away on them." [...]

The book also pins the blame for Labour’s recent election defeat squarely on Mr Brown, arguing that had the Government stuck by the centrist policies of New Labour it could have clung on to power.

“I won three general elections,” he writes. “The longest Labour government had lasted six years. This lasted 13. It could have gone on longer, had it not abandoned New Labour.”

Mr Blair dismissed the suggestion that Labour could have formed a coalition with the Lib Dems in the wake of the indecisive result in May, insisting: "The people would have revolted; the votes weren't there."

But he said that there were many areas of policy where the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition partners "don't really agree", making them vulnerable to Labour if it sticks to the New Labour agenda.

The party must remain "flexible enough to attack the Government from left and from right", said Mr Blair.

He added: "Big-state politics today will fail. In fact, if you offer 'small-state vs big-state', small will win."

Mr Blair urged Labour's new leader to focus in opposition on "renewing the party" and "resisting any notion of letting the ... trade unions get back any dominance in policy".


...all modern Anglospheric governments fall from within, because the ideologues can't stand the sorts of compromises required for governing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2010 6:30 AM
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