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The new CEO of the Arts Council has been announced – Guardianistas won’t be happy

17 December 2014 16:10

It is difficult to describe with equanimity the culture shock that has been administered to Arts Council England, the 69 year-old benefits office for the creative industries. Invented by Maynard… Continue reading

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GQ Editor reveals that Tony Blair was awarded gong for services to Wendi Deng

10 December 2014 17:07

To Quaglino’s for the GQ Christmas lunch, where editor Dylan Jones was in a revelatory mood. Lifting the lid on his magazine’s controversial decision to award Tony Blair the Philanthropist… Continue reading

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Tony Blair reaches out to Gove

4 December 2014 17:37

Tony Blair has taken some time out from posing awkwardly with his wife in order to pen a piece for the New York Times. While he tries to avoid getting… Continue reading

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William Hague’s stuck record

1 December 2014 15:16

William Hague told the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards last week that he was standing down from the Commons ‘to do some other things I’ve always wanted to do’.… Continue reading

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Miliband triggers an outbreak of political unity – though not the sort Labour wants

7 November 2014 18:31

Is the latest Labour leadership crisis actually triggering new wave of party unity? Lord Prescott, who has slammed Miliband as ‘timid’ for his ‘complacent’ leadership style, spotted John McTernan, Tony… Continue reading

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Don’t believe in tribal politics? Take a look at how people respond to Downing Street’s cats

4 November 2014 12:55

One important staffing decision David Cameron took early in his premiership was to fill the post of Chief Mouser, which had been vacant since the demise of its previous occupant,… Continue reading

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Are bowls of pasta Blairite?

29 October 2014 18:54

If Thatcher was Britain’s Bonaparte, then Blair was most certainly our Louis-Philippe. It was during the reign of the latter that the bourgeoisie came to dominate the status quo in… Continue reading

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An Afghan soldier mans the machine gun on a helicopter ferrying troops from Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Kandahar military base. October 12, 2009. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them. It has improved some things in Afghanistan – better roads,… Continue reading

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A double strength headache for Miliband

25 October 2014 8:35

Johann Lamont and Tony Blair don’t have much in common. But they are both causing Ed Miliband trouble this morning.   I suspect that those close to Miliband are relieved… Continue reading

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The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the recent fuss about NHS Wales. Yes, it is a disaster… Continue reading

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Jonathan Powell is wrong – talks with the IRA prolonged the Troubles

13 October 2014 12:20

Jonathan Powell seems to be unavoidable at the moment. Having read his first two books a couple of times I felt a weary sense of resignation on news of the… Continue reading

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Jonathan Powell interview: middle-man to the terrorists says ‘secret talks are necessary’

11 October 2014 19:50

Jonathan Powell is a British diplomat who served as Tony Blair’s chief of staff from 1997 to 2007. During this period, he was also Britain’s chief negotiator for Northern Ireland.… Continue reading

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Clacton to Ukip, Britain’s anti-politics were long in the making

11 October 2014 16:30

Talking to people in Clacton-on-Sea this week, there was a sense that, as much as they thought there were too many people in Britain, they felt politicians had it too easy.… Continue reading

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Chuka Umunna: the last disciple of New Labour’s third way

22 September 2014 15:50

Chuka Umunna is the last disciple of the third way standing. At a Times fringe earlier, he was full of praise for centre-left European reformers such as the Italian PM Matteo… Continue reading

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GQ kills irony as Tony Blair wins Philanthropist of the Year

3 September 2014 12:27

Satire died when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize, said Tom Lehrer. Now irony has followed it to the grave. GQ’s Philanthropist of the Year is Tony Blair. And no,… Continue reading

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Tony Blair Promotes The Chinese Translation Of His Autobiography

Look where Tony Blair’s messianic fervour has left us

31 July 2014 19:13

While trawling down the Mail Online’s right-hand-side of the page porno strip, to consider analytically the latest photographs of Jessica Alba in a swimming costume, I came across a rather… Continue reading

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David Cameron remains the Master's apprentice. (Image: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Call Me Dave still has much to learn from The Master

25 July 2014 17:00

David Cameron and Tony Blair faced identical tasks earlier this week. Both wished to force a reluctant group of back-sliders to adopt a more robust and pragmatic position. Cameron wanted… Continue reading

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The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Tony Blair — the unloved one

21 July 2014 13:22

Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think tank. The speech would have enraged the likes of Len… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Miliband’s message: I’m neither New Labour nor Old Labour

19 July 2014 8:52

On the hottest weekend of the year, few people would want to be stuck inside in Milton Keynes. But that is where the Labour hierarchy finds itself. For this weekend… Continue reading

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Thanks to groups like ISIS, can we expect instability in Iraq for years to come? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Terror’s comeback kids and Steve Coogan, foe of press censorship?

19 June 2014 9:10

Why do Iraq’s jihadists keep on coming back? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Freddy Gray (1 min, 29 sec) examine why groups such as ISIS have… Continue reading

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Blair haunts foreign policy debate

16 June 2014 8:58

Whether or not the Iraq war was wise, it’s fair to say that it is now unwise for Tony Blair to intervene in the ongoing foreign policy debate. The former… Continue reading

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Now that Iraq really is threatened by jihadists, should we intervene?

12 June 2014 12:37

The war on terror has gone not necessarily to our advantage. For the second time in a dozen years the land of Abraham has been invaded by a partly-British army,… Continue reading

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Charles Clarke: Labour has no credible economic plan and voters don’t see Miliband as PM

10 June 2014 13:52

Labour’s failure to offer a credible economic alternative to the Tories is going hurt them in next year’s election, according to Charles Clarke. The former Labour Education and Home Secretary… Continue reading

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'The EU needs leadership from someone who understands power' (Photo: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty)

Does Tony Blair want to be President of the European Commission?

30 May 2014 16:37

Tony Blair appeared on the Today programme on Tuesday morning to talk about Europe. The televised version showed him against the backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate. He said somewhat predictable things about… Continue reading

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Does Boris Johnson really want to see Tony Blair tried for war crimes?

12 May 2014 17:55

What are we supposed to make of Boris Johnson? I mean, are we supposed to pay attention to what Boris actually says? Or is he permitted to play the game… Continue reading

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