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#303123
It is ironic because one of the core apsects of Blairism is about moving on not getting bogged down in the past and yet that's just what some Blairites are doing.
Last edited by The Weeping Angel on Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.
#303139
Littlejohn's brain wrote:It is ironic because one of the core apsects of Blairism is about moving on not getting bogged down in the past and yet that's just what some Blairites are doing.
Excellently put. Geoffrey Wheatcroft makes that point in Yo Blair! Particularly when it was their own recent history...
#303917
This is getting very embarrassing now.
Tony Blair has renewed his call for Labour leaders to have the courage to stand up to their party base, as Ed Miliband told his MPs that his party had to move on from New Labour and heed Blair's own advice to change.

Blair's tentative interventions in Labour politics, followed by further criticisms from other former Labour cabinet members, also prompted his former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott to round on the critics as crazy, and accuse them of sowing divisions just three weeks before the county council elections on 2 May.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013 ... party-base" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This bloke needs to fuck off. It's pure narcissism - Blair sees his own fanbase within the party dwindling following David Miliband's departure, and so feels the need to entice the remaining Blairites out of the woodwork. It has nothing to do with advising the leadership, and everything to do with Blair's rampant ego.
#303929
Judging by Miliband's carefully-worded response, not very. Prescott is absolutely right to tell Blair and his mates to fuck off. The Blairites never really had much support among the unions or the grassroots membership - they were mainly just desperate to win after 18 years - and they have even less support now. It just creates an unnecessary circus.
#303982
"The very fierce left-right distinctions are really a 20th-century thing. In the 21st century most members of the public don't really think like that. They will think one way on one issue and another on another issue. It's a post-ideological age. If you have a budget deficit you have to fix it. If you have a very polarising political divide, the debate becomes very uncivil, and people find it a turn-off."
Right, so when we consider this-

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No-one thinks of that in terms of "left-right" distinctions. Just a matter of fixing the deficit.
#304006
Hate all that liberal 'post-ideological' bollocks. Nobody who takes a serious interest in politics is without some sort of ideology. Does he think the Tories see themselves as 'post-ideological'? We need much more than this empty flannel.
#304009
Polly Toynbee echoing the title of this thread (but far more eloquently) :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... d-national
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