Blair’s fatal legacy?

      

Former Prime Ministers are massive, great loose cannons. Blair is no different. Gordon Brown must be relieved that his predecessor is in the Middle East, away from awkward media questions.

John Major was less fortunate. Margaret Thatcher’s departure from Number Ten was unexpected. There was no time to arrange something for her to do, and any suggestions seemed inappropriate. Instead her looming presence helped to keep the Conservatives out of power.

After comments from ‘Blair’s people’ hit the Sunday papers, I was wondering if Tony Blair could have the same fatal legacy?

He probably could. He could criticise directly, or more damaging, he could let Blairites do it for him. That said, Labour members assure me that their party doesn’t do infighting. Whereas Conservatives are self-involved, self-interested careerists, who were shameless enough to knife Margaret Thatcher, Labour members are the opposite.

Nevertheless, Blairite comments last weekend were well timed for the Conservatives. Only a few days after Cameron had told the Commons that Brown has no vision, Blair’s people claimed that the former PM was worried about Brown’s lack of direction.

It’s improbable, but just as Blair created New Labour he could destroy it. Equally, just as he sent Conservatism into crisis he could save it. Think of that.

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4 thoughts on “Blair’s fatal legacy?

  1. Perhaps unsuprisingly I take issue with this post!

    1) As far as I am aware Former Prime Ministers are relatively respectful of each other and rarely comment on their successors. As John Major once said Former PM’s are very careful to comment on issues of the day as they haven’t seen “the boxes” that tell you whats really going on in the country. So my bet is even if Blair was in the country he wouldn’t speak to the media and answer any “awkward questions”

    On a side note can you clarify what you mean by “John Major was less fortunate. Margaret Thatcher’s departure from Number Ten was unexpected. There was no time to arrange something for her to do, and any suggestions seemed inappropriate. Instead her looming presence helped to keep the Conservatives out of power.” Correct me if Im wrong but did we not win the general election following Thatchers departure?

    And as for “Labour members assure me that their party doesn’t do infighting.” Oh so the Brownite vs Blairite debarcle that preceeded Blairs departure was my imagination?What these members mean to say is that Labour don’t do infighting… in the eyes of the biased media. That is just one example!

    I do agree however that the Blair and Brown political doubleact will prove a hangover for New Labour… just as Thatcher was for the Conservatives. Blair was their Thatcher, Brown will be their Major… and at risk of being lambasted… I feel Brown and New Labour have one more election to win (as the Tories under Major did) before New Labour runs its course and the Conservatives come back. Providing all goes well for Brown in economic terms I see no reason why he will be pushed out… I can think of many reasons why he should however!

    Unfortunately the British people are concerned first and foremost with the pound in their pockets… as long as all is well with the economy then sticking with the status quo is usually the preffered option.

  2. Thatcher was shameless in undermining Major. From the ‘back seat driver’ comments within days of his becoming PM, to her open encouragement of the Maastricht rebels and ‘letting it be known’ she favoured the Redwood leadership challenge, she did to Major what Heath did to her. Not her finest moments.

  3. The Blair Brown rift was great for us . We got to watch stupid Tories running round trying to make political capital out of it with ridiculous stunts like the ‘boxing match’ between Blair and Brown that Tariq Shah staged on campus a few years back. All it did was emphasise how irrelevant the Tories were.

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