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"It's a tragedy for British politics if the choice before the country is a Conservative government going for a hard Brexit and an ultra-left Labour Party, that believes in a set of policies that takes us back to the 60s," he said. "In the UK at the moment you've got a one-party state.
When you put it all together, there's something seriously wrong. "I don't know if there's a role for me... There's a limit to what I want to say about my own position at this moment.
All I can say is that this is where politics is at. Do I feel strongly about it? Yes, I do. Am I very motivated by that? Yes. "Where do I go from here? What exactly do I do? That's an open question."
He added: "There's been a huge reaction against the politics I represent. But I think it's too soon to say the centre has been defeated. Ultimately I don't think it will. I think it will succeed again. "The centre ground is in retreat. This is our challenge. We've got to rise to that challenge."
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
Edit: supposedly its still democracy if the party's rig who you get to vote for.
Fully concur!! And personally I would welcome him back! Blair is care regardless of what some ignorant soles may say. Yes he's made some mistakes but don't all politicians. it's the nature of the job!
originally posted by: paraphi
a reply to: Hazardous1408
Hope this is not a two-dimensional Blair-bashing thread.
Although I am not a Blair supporter at the end, he did actually do quite lot of good. His image is tarnished by Iraq, but not by advancing Labour into the centre ground and making it electable, whereas Corbyn is making Labour unelectable.
He did good in Sierra Leone and, amogst other things he did the following ...
- Lowest sustined infaltion tates since the 1960s
- Low mortgage rates
- Introduced minimum wage
- Crime fell under his watch by 30%+
- Kept Brown out of power
- Schools improved with record literacy and numercy and improved school results, plus education funding etc
- High employment
- Increased NHS staff e.g. 30,000 more doctors
- Devolved power to Scotland and Wales, although bit of a mistake in stoking up divisive Sxcots nationalism
- Improved emplyment rights e.g. paternity leave, annual leave improvemnts
- Gift aid
- Child benefit improvements, though curtailed by the Torys
- Winter fuel for the elderly
- Sure start
- Equality and Human rights commission
- Environmental action and standards e.g. cleaer beaches and rivers, Kyoto etc
- More teachers
- Reduced pensioner nd chile poverty
- Child tax credits
- Civil partnerships
- Banned fox hunting
- Banned fur farming and animal testing with cosmetics
- Travel passes for the elderly
- Free entry into
- Free nursery placesfor 3 to 4 year olds
Tony Blair has said it is his "mission" to persuade Britons to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit.
Speaking in the City of London, the former prime minister claimed that people voted in the referendum "without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit".
He urged "a way out from the present rush over the cliff's edge"
"Whether you do it through another referendum or another method, that's a second order question. "But this issue is the single most important decision this country has taken since the Second World War and debate can't now be shut down about it."