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20 февраля, 13:23

Tony Blair: Labour must avoid 'cul-de-sac' of identity politics

Ex-PM says next leader cannot win on issue against Tories and should focus on electabilityTony Blair has warned the next Labour leader against becoming trapped in a “cul-de-sac of identity politics” over issues such as transgender rights, as he used an event in London to reiterate his belief that the party must focus on making itself electable again.The former prime minister, who also raised the idea of a possible alliance with the Liberal Democrats as a way to regain power, said the Conservatives would emerge victorious from any battles over contentious cultural issues. Continue reading...

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18 января, 15:00

Blair built on Thatcher’s legacy. That’s a simple fact | Phil McDuff

Labour MP Zarah Sultana’s comments linking the two provoked wrath. But why were they even controversial?In her maiden speech to the House of Commons, the new Labour MP for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana, said, “In 10 years’ time, at the start of the next decade, I want to look teenagers in the eye and say with pride: my generation faced 40 years of Thatcherism, and we ended it.” Related: Stuart Hall: New Labour has picked up where Thatcherism left off Continue reading...

09 января, 09:00

It’s 2020 – so where’s the paradise politicians promised us? | Aditya Chakrabortty

Wild pledges by both parties have gone unfulfilled, leaving in their wake nihilism and a deeply damaging distrust of politicsForget the parched wasteland that is Brexit Britain in bleak midwinter. Let me take you to a place where the political terrain is so radically different as to be idyllic. In this land, rows of cheap starter homes neatly line the blossoming streets of new garden cities, and no twentysomething frets about getting on to the housing ladder. Not a solitary infant goes to bed hungry. And when you or your loved ones fall ill, a trusty family doctor is on call from 8am to 8pm, all seven days of the week.Already I hear you rumbling like a famished teen at Nando’s: where is this paradise? Sweden or, at the outside, Singapore? No, my friend: it is the UK in 2020. Or at least, it was supposed to be, because all of those treasures and so many more were promised to arrive by this year by the serious, sober all-powerfuls who run the country. Continue reading...

05 января, 21:47

The Guardian view on Trump’s war: UK goes from poodle to lapdog? | Editorial

This country will not profit from pursuing a reckless Brexit while hitching ourselves to Donald Trump’s Iranian misadventureA British prime minister flies back from a Caribbean holiday where he has been, courtesy of millionaire friends, sunning himself on yachts while the Middle East is in flames and Britain in the grip of a security crisis. Britain’s key ally is accused of war crimes on foreign soil in a fight with Iran and its regional proxies. European opinion has quickly solidified around the idea that both sides show restraint. The British response is to defy this advice and endorse a belligerent US administration’s approach. Deja vu? It certainly should sound familiar.The year was 2006 and the British prime minister was Tony Blair. His stubborn refusal to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon dealt, by his own account, a “fatal blow” to his premiership. Continue reading...

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19 декабря 2019, 21:28

A Labour defeat, yes, but this was not nearly as bad as 1983 | Andy Beckett

Last week’s result was not a simple rejection of the left: the party’s policies on the big issues of the day could sow the seeds for future successFor the Labour left’s many enemies, there are few events more useful than a leftwing defeat. Not just for its immediate consequences, which have been graphic over the past week as Jeremy Corbyn’s messy but transformative four-year leadership has been reduced by his critics to a single bad election campaign. But also for the longer term ways in which such a defeat can be deployed: to attack leftwing politicians in general, close off leftwing policy options, and ultimately deny the Labour left’s right to exist. The left rarely gets to run the party and so is all the more castigated when it fails to capitalise on the opportunity.On election night, the former New Labour minister Alan Johnson began this familiar ritual – describing the pro-Corbyn group Momentum, which has 40,000 members, as “this little cult”. “I want them out of the party,” he said on ITV. “Go back to your student politics.” Continue reading...

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19 декабря 2019, 16:16

Labour’s lost working-class voters have gone for good | Chris Bickerton

British politics post-Brexit will be no kinder to a party that has taken supporters for granted, particularly in the northIs the Labour party dying? It’s a question that commentators have asked since the devastating election defeat last week. But in fact, as a party of working-class self-representation, Labour is already dead.Throughout much of the 20th century, there were parts of northern England where jobs came with firm expectations about Labour party membership. Labour, the unions and the nonconformist churches were the great social institutions of 20th-century working-class politics. Secularisation in the 1960s saw the decline in the role of the church. Then the unions were dismantled in the 1980s. Now the Labour party, as we once knew it, is gone. Constituencies that had been held by Labour almost since the modern two-party system was born – such as Don Valley and Wakefield – have voted in the Tories. Continue reading...

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18 декабря 2019, 22:44

Steve Bell on Tony Blair's Labour broadside – cartoon

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18 декабря 2019, 14:07

Ditch Corbyn's 'misguided ideology', Tony Blair urges Labour

Takeover by far left turned party into unelectable ‘glorified protest movement’, says ex-PMLatest politics news - live updatesTony Blair has called on Labour members to abandon the policies and political leanings of Jeremy Corbyn to ensure the survival of the party. In a provocative intervention, the three-time election-winning former prime minister said that if Corbyn’s wing of the party remains in charge, then Labour will be finished as a political force. Related: Working-class voters desert Labour as 'red wall' crumbles Continue reading...

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18 декабря 2019, 13:33

Starmer implicitly criticises Labour leadership for sidelining him during election campaign - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Tony Blair’s speech on the lessons from Labour’s defeat.Keir Starmer’s Today interview - SummaryYvette Cooper’s Today interview - Summary 11.38am GMT And here are the main points from Yvette Cooper’s interview on the Today programme this morning. Cooper, a former cabinet minister and chair of the home affairs committee in the last parliament, was a candidate for the leadership in 2015, when she came third behind Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham.I think we clearly do have to change because it hasn’t worked, and we’ve got the fewest Labour MPs since 1935 and a big drop in working-class support with low-income voters choosing the Conservatives even though they didn’t want to, and people felt let down by the choice that we give them, so we have to show some humility, because we got things wrong.We cannot just become a party that is concentrated in cities with our support increasingly concentrated in diverse young fast-moving areas while older voters in towns think we aren’t listening to them.Across the country, over half of Labour’s existing MPs represent cities with over 250,000 inhabitants – 49 are from London and 55 from 16 cities outside the capital. By contrast, among the 123 target seats [that Labour needs to win to gain a majority at the next election[ only 19 are in cites with a population of over 250,000 while 104 represent towns and smaller communities. This could pose a significant challenge to the party in rebuilding in the areas it needs to target, as existing MPs will naturally channel the perspectives of their urban constituents.5. 63pc of the seats Labour needs to win are in the north, the midlands and Wales; 13pc are in Scotland; and 24pc are in southern England. 6. 104 of the 123 seats Labour needs to win are in towns not cities (over half of existing Labour seats are in cities). pic.twitter.com/5pClmcUlosAnd that is not a left/right issue, and this is where both the Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Blair challenge comes in, because both the left and the right of our party are seen as internationalist, not patriotic, at the moment.And that might not be fair, but it is how they are seen. Both Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Blair are seen as internationalist, not patriots, and we should be able to be both patriotic and outward looking because that’s what we were in 1945.The contest doesn’t start until January, and I’ll decide over Christmas what I’m going to do, because we’ve just obviously had a hard local campaign. As you know, I’ve stood before, but obviously the party membership has changed a lot. There’s a lot of things to reflect on ... I’m going to reflect over Christmas.There are some great things in our manifesto, like the green new deal, the national education service. Wonderful radical things that we have to fight for. But we’ve also got to be credible in delivering them and be focused and get a grip.We have to sort out the problems in our party, that includes kicking out the vile anti-Semitism in our party, but it’s also about a broader thing, about restoring kindness to politics, being more inclusive and challenging some of the abuse in politics that we have seen from all sides and we certainly should not have in the Labour party. 11.10am GMT John Mann, the former Labour MP who now sits in the Lords and serves as an independent adviser to the government on antisemitism, is not impressed by Keir Starmer’s leadership bid.If you are too cowardly to stand up to Corbyn when your own campaign organiser is stabbed in the back (when removed as Bassetlaw election candidate) how dare you even consider standing as a ‘leader’ https://t.co/XcaKCQPSps Continue reading...

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15 декабря 2019, 12:07

In Blair’s old seat, the regulars agree: ‘Corbyn doesn’t understand us here’

They come from pit families with strong military ties – and it was patriotism that made them switch their vote for the first timeIt came as no surprise that Boris Johnson hot-footed it to Sedgefield on Saturday . The prime minister probably never had much doubt that he could eclipse Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party in this election, but to rewrite the electoral history of this particular place was perhaps beyond his imagining. He needed to see it for himself.Sedgefield had not only returned solid Labour majorities since 1935, it was also the symbolic home of the politician who, by the time of the next election, will be the only Labour election winner in half a century. Johnson wore an ironic red tie for the occasion, and came close to quoting some of Tony Blair’s most famous lines verbatim. “We are not the masters, we are the servants, and our job is to serve the people of this country,” he said. Even when he is making gestures of one-nation humility, he can’t help himself from trolling. Continue reading...

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06 декабря 2019, 17:28

John Major backs three ex-Tory independents in election campaign

Former PM says of candidates: none left the Conservatives, the party left themLatest election news – live updatesSir John Major has endorsed three ex-Conservative independent candidates running against Boris Johnson’s party in the general election.The Tory former prime minister said he would vote for ex-ministers David Gauke, Dominic Grieve and Anne Milton – who all lost the party whip earlier this year after rebelling on Brexit – if he lived in their constituencies. Continue reading...

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06 декабря 2019, 13:14

BBC debate: Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit, NHS and racist language – live news

Conservative leader faced off against Labour leader in last televised debate before the electionJohnson v Corbyn: who won the day?How credible are Corbyn and Johnson’s BBC debate claims?Sign up for the election briefing 9.39pm GMT And here is the verdict from the YouGov poll.Leaving aside your own party preference, who do you think performed best overall in tonight’s debate? #BBCDebate #BBCLeadersDebate Boris Johnson - 52%Jeremy Corbyn - 48%Figures rebased to exclude don't knowshttps://t.co/Br3goxInv9 pic.twitter.com/wn9Dy4XSKw 9.34pm GMT The conventional wisdom among the punditocracy has been that this was Jeremy Corbyn’s last chance to change the dynamics of this contest, and if that was the case he probably didn’t manage it, even though he may well have had the best of the debate. The Johnson message about Labour not offering certainty on Brexit is a powerful one, and if anything the PM made it even more effectively tonight than he did in the ITV debate two and a half weeks ago. That said, Corbyn had the best moment, when he came back at Johnson over “failure of leadership” and said what was a failure of leadership was using racist language. It was a powerful blow, and perhaps the best moment of the debate. Corbyn also seemed stronger than Johnson on domestic policy. But probably not strong enough to shake up a campaign that (in terms of voting intention) the Tories seem to be winning.I will post a beefed-up version of this shortly. Continue reading...

01 декабря 2019, 15:31

Has Boris Johnson made a calculated gamble to ignore LGBT voters? | Jonathan Cooper

Politicians ignore the gay vote at their peril. The Conservatives’ lack of policies on equal rights will not go unnoticedCan the gay vote swing an election? Ask Nicolas Sarkozy. He lost the French presidency to François Hollande in 2012. Having toyed with LGBT equality in the 2007 French presidential election campaign, Sarkozy won a comfortable majority, but by speaking out against equal marriage in 2012, he turned his back on the LGBT vote.He paid the price.There’s a science to how people vote. Approximately 4% of the population will factor in support for LGBT+ rights in deciding who they vote for. Hollande pipped Sarkozy to the post with the tiniest of margins, just over 3%. Continue reading...

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01 декабря 2019, 14:00

The Millennium Dome 20 years on… revisiting a very British fiasco

It was supposed to be the ultimate symbol of Cool Britannia. Instead it became a nightmare that exposed the spin and hubris of the New Labour projectI entered through a discreet door in Whitehall, that of the Cabinet Office, and passed down a long sequence of spaces – literally, corridors of power – that run parallel to Downing Street, a few metres to the left. I continued to the point where another door or two would, were I so authorised, have got me into No 10. I was admitted to the office of Peter Mandelson, minister without portfolio, at this time in 1998 the second most powerful man in government, sometimes called the Prince of Darkness.I didn’t know what to expect. Jonathan Glancey, then architecture and design editor of the Guardian, had been yelled at and threatened by a government press officer for his attacks on the Millennium Dome. I had written a front-page story for the Evening Standard, whose message – “New threats to the dome” – had graced newsstands all over London. It turned out I was getting the “good cop”. Mandy (as he was also tagged), reclining informally on one of the leather couches in his office, told me how terribly disappointed he was in my criticisms, as he particularly admired my writing. Continue reading...

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29 ноября 2019, 09:00

Is Tony Blair right: has British politics really gone 'crazy'?

The association with mental illness is unfortunate – perhaps the former PM just meant British politics was irrevocably flawedThis week Tony Blair shared his thoughts on the forthcoming election. “Where political leaders are gathered, there is often a conversation about whose politics is crazier,” he said. “British politics is unfortunately ahead of the pack.” But is it an especially “crazy” time when, after all, no one is sexing up dossiers to promote an aggressive war?Since “crazy” is associated with mental illness, this might be thought an unfortunately stigmatising remark; and to dismiss any phenomenon as simply mad is to foreclose any deeper analysis. In fact, “crazy” originally meant full of cracks or flaws, from the old French “acraser”, to destroy or smash to pieces – a sense that persists in “crazy paving”. British politics is certainly “crazy” in the sense that it is riven with odd divisions, but which country’s isn’t? Continue reading...

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25 ноября 2019, 21:58

Andrew Sparrow's election briefing: Tony Blair wades in

Catch up with the campaign with our daily roundupLatest general election opinion polling trackedTony Blair, the former prime minister and the last Labour leader to win a general election, has given a withering assessment of both main parties in his first significant intervention of the campaign. Describing British politics as chaotic, crazy and “utterly dysfunctional”, he said that both main parties were “peddling fantasies”, and that he did not want either of them to form a majority government. He was particularly critical of Boris Johnson, saying that he had no chance of negotiating a Canada-style trade deal with the EU before the end of next year and that if Johnson was telling the truth about not being willing to extend the Brexit transition (admittedly, quite a big if, given Johnson’s record when it comes to Brexit extensions), then a no-deal Brexit was the “probable outcome”. Blair said: Continue reading...

25 ноября 2019, 14:31

Tony Blair says Tories and Labour engaged in ‘populism running riot'

Former PM lambasts parties and says upcoming election is ‘weirdest of my lifetime’Latest political news – live updatesTony Blair has said neither Labour nor the Conservatives are seen as fit to win the general election, accusing both parties of peddling “fantasies”.The former prime minister, one of the architects of New Labour who was speaking at a Reuters Newsmaker event in London, said Britain’s biggest parties were engaged in “populism running riot” and it would end in tears. Continue reading...

25 ноября 2019, 09:15

General election: Tony Blair says Tories and Labour both 'peddling fantasies' – live news

A day after Boris Johnson launched Tory manifesto, Labour leader will announce big shift in housing plan 10.05am GMT Blair is wrapping up now.He says, whatever happens, Britain is a great country.I’m clinging to optimism. 9.59am GMT Q: Where is Labour facing the most difficulties?Blair says it is probably in the seats with electorates seen as working class. Continue reading...

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15 ноября 2019, 09:00

How immigration became Britain’s most toxic political issue

Over 20 years, the debate about freedom of movement has become skewed by a hostile narrative. By Rachel ShabiFew chance encounters have had a greater political impact than Gordon Brown’s fateful meeting with Gillian Duffy on an April morning in Rochdale in 2010. When the then prime minister was caught on a hot mic calling the Labour-voting pensioner a “bigoted woman” – after she cornered him with complaints about immigrants “flocking” into Britain – it did not just sink his floundering campaign. It set the tone for the way immigration would become the most toxic issue in British politics for the decade to come.When New Labour came to power in 1997, just 3% of the public cited immigration as a key issue. By the time of the EU referendum in 2016, that figure was 48%. During those intervening years, the issue came to dominate and distort British politics – exactly according to the script established by Bigotgate. Brown’s gaffe both consolidated and gave credence to a political coding that would shape everything that came after: the “hostile environment”, the Windrush scandal, the EU referendum and the revival of Britain’s far right – deploying a narrative in which sneering, out-of-touch, big-city politicians who favour foreigners and open borders are hopelessly oblivious to the struggles and the so-called “legitimate concerns” of ordinary working people (who, in this scenario, are always white). Continue reading...

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06 ноября 2019, 14:14

What I learned on the election campaign rollercoaster: make the first week count | Theo Bertram

For all parties, the UK’s general election is going to be a long and bumpy ride. But the early stage vibrates with hope, fear and possibility• Theo Bertram is a former adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon BrownFor a party staffer, nothing beats the start of your first general election campaign. You watch all year long as more staff are brought in and your desk space keeps getting smaller. Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get any more crowded, the campaign begins and the place is mobbed with volunteers desperate to be part of the action. Now merely having a desk qualifies you as someone of importance.Your ego swells at the sheer magnitude of the idea that your role has some bearing on the future of a nation. You take pride in your grunt work under the brief illusion that your career choices have now been fully vindicated. No matter where the polls stand, anything is possible: you’re drunk on adrenaline, and life pulsates with hope and fear. Six weeks later, the hangover has come crashing in: you hate all politicians, you pray only for sleep, and the only question that truly burns in your soul is: when will it be over? Continue reading...

07 августа 2017, 19:20

Дмитрий Перетолчин. Константин Черемных. Битва за средиземноморский шельф

Писатель Дмитрий Перетолчин и аналитик Константин Черемных о политических играх вокруг средиземноморского шельфа. Совместное заявление России и Китая - шок для всех элитных групп США. Какие противоречия существуют внутри израильской элиты, почему евреи выступили против договорённостей Путина и Трампа. Как избрание Макрона меняет расклады на Ближнем Востоке. #ДеньТВ #Перетолчин #БлижнийВосток #Трамп #Путин #Израиль #Китай #энергетика #нефть #Иран #мировыеэлиты #Северныйпоток #Черемных #Левиафан #аналитика

04 апреля 2017, 17:32

Дмитрий Перетолчин. Константин Черемных. "Глубинное государство" против Дональда Трампа

Как устроено американское государство, почему у Трампа так мало возможностей проводить самостоятельную политику. Кто управляет США на самом глубинном уровне. Кто входит в ближний круг Трампа, и какое влияние они на него оказывают. #ДеньТВ #Перетолчин #Трамп #Черемных #американскиеэлиты #Богемскаяроща #закрытыеклубы #мироваяэлита #глобализация #глубинноегосударство #Бэннон #Турция #спецслужбы #консерваторы #Тиллерсон

14 сентября 2016, 10:51

WSJ: военная операция Британии в Ливии была основана на ложных домыслах

Военное вмешательство Великобритании в Ливию в 2011 году было основано на "ошибочных предположениях и неполном понимании" ситуации, пишет издание Wall Street Journal со ссылкой на доклад законодателей, который должен быть опубликован в Британии в среду.   По мнению парламентариев, авиаудары Британии и Франции по Ливии в 2011 году привели к политическому и экономическому коллапсу, гуманитарному и миграционному кризису, межплеменной вражде, а также к расширению террористической группировки "Исламское государство" (запрещена в России) в Северной Африке. Они полагают, что существовали и другие политические решения, благодаря которым можно было избежать подобных последствий.   Международный комитет британского парламента считает, что правительство страны, которое на тот момент возглавлял премьер-министр Дэвид Кэмерон, должно было знать заранее, что экстремистские группировки попытаются воспользоваться восстанием против главы государства Муаммара Каддафи. Отмечается, что комитет не нашел никаких доказательств того, что правительство провело надлежащее изучение ливийского восстания. Власти также не смогли установить, представляет ли режим Каддафи угрозу для мирных жителей, и приняли диктаторскую риторику за чистую монету.   "Действия Великобритании в Ливии были частью непродуманного вмешательства, последствия которого разворачиваются до сих пор", — заявил глава международного комитета парламента Великобритании Криспин Блант.   МИД Великобритании заявил, что решение о военном вмешательстве было международным. Кроме того, в ведомстве отметили, что у Каддафи были средства и мотивация для осуществления своих угроз.   После свержения и убийства Муаммара Каддафи в октябре 2011 года в Ливии возникло двоевластие: с одной стороны — избранный на всеобщих выборах парламент, заседающий в Тобруке на востоке страны, с другой — происламский Всеобщий национальный конгресс в Триполи. При этом ряд районов Ливии вообще не контролируется центральными властями, а на территории страны активно действуют боевики ИГ.   В июле был опубликован доклад о расследовании вторжения британских войск в Ирак в 2003 году. Тогда специальная комиссия также признала, что правительство Тони Блэра приняло решение на основании ошибочных разведданных.   Источник:  РИА новости 14.09.2016 Tweet сентябрь 2016