Friday, 24 March 2017
Tony Blair snippet contrasting his vision of how to achieve success for Labour with that of the hard left
This makes sense, in my view...
The Economist asks...
Question: (Anne McElvoy of The Economist reading out a question received by Twitter): The British Labour Party is polling at 26%. How do you feel about the idea that Jeremy Corbyn's popularity in the party is essentially a reaction to your leadership?
Tony Blair: Yeah, I'm always a bit curious about how those that are losing elections want to cast the blame for those losses on those of us who won them.
Look, without getting into Jeremy Corbyn as an individual, because I don't think it's simply about him - my view of the Labour Party is very clear, it always has been, always will be. It wins when it builds from the centre and when it owns the future. When in other words it's addressing the problems of today with modern, forward-looking policy.
It loses when it returns to the old shibboleths of the past and pretends that it can build from that an electoral majority.
And it's up to people to decide which view, mine or Jeremy Corbyn's, is likely to bring Labour success.