A tip to Ed: expel Blair!

January 4, 2015 at 10:51 pm (class collaboration, elections, Jim D, labour party, Tony Blair)

Despite his typically dishonest denial, there is no doubt that in his interview with the Economist, Tony Blair said that he expects the Tories to win the next general election, unless Labour shifts dramatically to what he calls the “centre ground” (ie the right).

Blair said he expected to see an election “in which a traditional left-wing party competes with a traditional right-wing party, with the traditional result.” Anne McElvoy, public policy editor of the Economist, conducted the interview, and she’s quite clear on what Blair meant, writing in the Guardian: “For the avoidance of doubt he was also clear that this would mean a Tory victory.”

Less than six months before the general election, with Labour maintaining a slim lead over the Tories, this amounts to rank treachery. Ed Miliband is not doing well in the polls, generally scoring less well than the Labour Party itself. At a stroke, he could establish his credentials as a decisive leader and also put Blair and his acolytes in their place once and for all: by moving Blair’s expulsion for bringing the Party into disrepute. I put that forward as a serious suggestion, in the firm belief that it would be both a principled and a popular move.


  1. februarycallendar said,


    There is something grotesque about anyone who has ever led any party trying so desperately hard to undermine it.

  2. Ted Edwards said,

    Yes I agree he should definitely be expelled from the party as he clearly seems to be supporting the Tories.
    Boy and I thought Kinnock was bad !

  3. Mike Killingworth said,

    Principled? Yes. Popular? No – at least in England two-thirds of the electorate are right-of-centre (hence Blair’s comment). Mind you, it would be a gift to the Tories as the Blairistas all squabbled both with the rest of the Party and amongst themselves.

    There is a time for every purpose under Heaven, but this is the wrong time to dump on Labour’s Tory ex-leader.

    • Ted Edwards said,

      Mike I sought of agree with what you are saying but I disagree with ” principled ” given the way he led the party to the right.And why is it taking so long to prosecute him for his part in the Iraq war !

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