Tagged: Tony Blair

Politics is no longer Blairite but the centre is still the place to be. (Photo: PA)

You’re Right, So I Left

Even after Brexit, elections are still won in the centre-ground. The centre can and does hold – as it has since 1945. For a narcissist, Tony Blair had a remarkable knack for understanding the...

Tony Blair has faced more than a decade of criticism over his conduct in the run up to the Iraq War. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau)

The Crumbling Centrist Consensus

Divided and powerless, centrists have their leaders to blame for the immense unpopularity of their ideology. On 8 November, centrism was dealt its most savage blow yet, as Donald Trump was elected to serve...

The House of Lords has become the largest unelected upper house in the world – its functions need to be transferred to a smaller, fairly elected body. (Photo: BBC/ Getty Images)

A Peerless Democracy?

The House of Lords is well overdue for reform, and David Cameron’s Resignation Honours List has shown why we need an elected upper house, says Antony Tucker. The House of Lords’ continued existence stands...

Labour needs to have an attentive discussion, not a petty shouting match. (Photo: The Mirror)

Labour Needs Nuance

By thinking of everyone and everything in terms of being “Blairite” or “Corbynite”, Labour risks succumbing to a black-and-white view of the party and wider politics which the country neither understands nor cares for....

Free speech is a human right. Just don’t disagree with me. (Photo: Davidould)

You Won’t Silence Me

Matt Gillow argues that free speech is more than just a human right; it’s an essential part of democracy. People get offended. It’s a fact of life. People get offended about politics, people get...

An Upper Chamber Worth Voting For

Amidst what some are calling a “constitutional crisis”, Joseph Ward says that we need the House of Lords and we should be looking at ways to save it. Lords reform clearly is not the...

A New World Full of Old Faces

Joseph Ward offers some pithy advice for ex-leaders getting involved in their parties: back off! Last week, Gordon Brown made a speech about the Labour leadership election and joined the long list of former...

Corbyn gives me hope.

It’s time to stop mocking the candidate and his supporters, and start listening to them.   If you believe what the polls are saying, which many don’t, Jeremy Corbyn is the unlikely frontrunner in...

Hot Off the Press!

Hot Off the Press!

Conservative activist, Stephen McKenzie, casts his eye over the good, the bad and the ugly of political literature of late.   The Establishment: And how they got away with it Owen Jones, Penguin Books...

Who wants a slice of the pie?

T o some, the first past the post (FPTP) system creates stable majority governments; to others, it is not truly representative, and makes it impossible for smaller parties to make leeway – the antithesis of democracy....

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