In the aftermath of election defeat, David Miliband emerged as the clear front-runner. Bookmakers priced DM at 4/7, Alastair Darling 8/1, Alan Johnson 10/1, Ed Miliband 11/1, Ed Balls 12/1. Andy Burnham 14/1, 16/1 Jon Cruddas, 25/1 James Purnell, 33/1 Liam Byrne, 40/1 John Denham, 50/1 Yvette Cooper Reflecting on thirteen years In office, Peter … Continue reading Bloodied Brothers: The Milibands and the Battle for New Labour’s Legacy
After the sudden death of John Smith in May 1994, Tony Blair defeated John Prescott and Margaret Beckett for the leadership. The real battle had already been won, when Gordon Brown pulled out. I discussed this in Granita 1994 : The Night New Labour Was Born…And A Bromance Died. When Blair came to power he … Continue reading “The Tories have lost the nation’s trust. But that does not mean we inherit it automatically. We have to work for it. We have to earn it.”
At the beginning of the 1990s, single mothers became the 'enemy of the people' in the eyes of hard-right Conservative MPs. But when the party looked to moralise on the issue, they discovered that single mothers were not an alien from an unruly underclass - but within everyone's families, especially the ones of high-ranking Tory Cabinet Ministers. … Continue reading Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Last Time Sleaze Brought Down The Tories
The party insiders urged him to call it. David Cameron challenged him to it. Gordon Brown tried to play politics with it for a short term gain. Eventually the hesitancy destroyed a carefully crafted reputation, and Labour have looked like the opposition ever since. So why didn’t Brown call that General Election of 2007? As Gordon … Continue reading Election? What Election? How Brown’s dithering ended the New Labour era
On the morning of September 11th 2001, Tony Blair was on his way to the TUC conference in Brighton, for a dramatic showdown with the trade unions. Emboldened by another landslide just 3 months earlier, the prime minister was determined to make the most of his second term by pushing through with controversial public service … Continue reading An “absurd denial of self-interest” – The lost Blair speech that backed the Euro…but was never given
Twenty years ago this week, Tony Blair hosted a drinks reception at Number 10 that seemed to capture the essence of a “New Britain” hurtling fast towards a new millennium. In the 3 years since he had become leader of the party, Tony Blair had constantly spoken of his vision for a “young country” as … Continue reading Totally Cool: Pop, Politics and the revival of Britain
Hugh Gaitskell, Barbara Castle, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Tony Benn, Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Jeremy Corbyn all have one thing in common. They have all advocated withdrawal from the EEC/EU at some point in their long political careers. But only Jeremy Corbyn can see it through to fruition. It begs the question, why … Continue reading The End of a Thousand Years of History – Labour’s Long March To Brexit
After the sudden death of John Smith in May 1994, Tony Blair defeated John Prescott and Margaret Beckett for the leadership. The real battle had already been won, when Gordon Brown pulled out. I discussed this in That’s Michelle Fowler – Perhaps we should go over and say hello as well as the end of the Smith … Continue reading We are ready to serve. And together we will change the course of our history, take the shattered remnants of our country and build a new and confident Britain for a new and changing world.