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Tony Blair

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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Kurdish Iraqi Peshmerga forces deploy outside Kirkuk (Image: MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

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 on the Daily Politics today. Photo: BBC.

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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Shangri-La Hotel Opens In The Shard

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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Tony Blair's Keynote Speech On The Middle East and North Africa

Tony Blair spoke the truth about Islamism. But not the whole truth

23 April 2014 13:35

As so often (in my opinion) Tony Blair is almost right. In a wide-ranging speech at Bloomberg this morning he roamed over Syria, Libya, the Middle East and the West’s withdrawal… Continue reading

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Tony Blair giving his keynote speech at Bloomberg this morning. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Full text: Tony Blair’s speech on why the Middle East matters

23 April 2014 10:49

It is unsurprising that public opinion in the UK and elsewhere, resents the notion that we should engage with the politics of the Middle East and beyond. We have been… Continue reading

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David Cameron has faith, of the vague variety. (Tim Ireland/PA Wire)

Evangelically wishy-washy

18 April 2014 17:31

David Cameron has said Christians should be more evangelical “about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives”. In an article for… Continue reading

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These two men blew a golden opportunity to tackle welfare dependency.  (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

New Labour’s greatest failure

16 April 2014 18:58

My friend and critic Jonathan Portes obviously took exception to my remarks about Keynesianism having been disproven. His entertaining rebuttal claims to have exposed my misreading of data. That’s not… Continue reading

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First State Visit Of An Irish President

The Irish Question, as recorded by The Spectator

10 April 2014 17:36

As the Irish president is making the first visit to the United Kingdom by an Irish head of state, some people have asked what’s taken him so long. The Spectator’s… Continue reading

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Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive arrives for the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London on February 19, 2014. (CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Rebekah Brooks’s ‘Hutton style’ email

19 February 2014 14:34

People pay Tony Blair handsomely for his PR advice; but, today, thanks to the hacking trial at the Old Bailey, we allegedly get to see a glimpse of the Great… Continue reading

Business And Political Leaders Attend Climate Week NYC Discussion

The strange tale of Wendi and Tone

6 February 2014 11:04

Have you ever harboured affection for Tony Blair’s arse? According to reports, you may not be alone. Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch’s former missus, apparently yearned for Tony’s piercing blue eyes, sexy… Continue reading

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Tony Blair has convinced plenty of Tories that they need to be Blairites.(PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Tony Blair’s cultural revolution has won, at least in the Conservative Party

17 January 2014 14:34

As Rod pointed out the other day, Arthur Scargill’s purchase of his council flat illustrated the triumph of Thatcherism over its opponents; like any winning ideology it created the conditions… Continue reading

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Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaks t

Gerry Adams: still a revolting man and still trying to steal Irish history.

5 December 2013 19:21

I know this is not exactly breaking news but Gerry Adams is a vile man. Since no-one devotes much attention to Northern Ireland these days it is easy to forget… Continue reading

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Blair & Brown Attend Palestinian Investment Conference - London

How the warring ghosts of Blair and Brown still haunt their successors

22 November 2013 17:23

Six and a half years after Gordon Brown finally badgered Tony Blair out of Downing Street, the relationship between these two men still dominates British politics. Why? Because David Cameron… Continue reading

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Damian McBride shatters the Labour peace

22 September 2013 12:40

If you want to know just how much anger Damian McBride’s book has created in the Labour party—and particularly its Blairite wing, just watch Alastair Campbell’s interview with Andrew Neil… Continue reading

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David Cameron attacks Blair’s ghost in Syria debate

29 August 2013 17:54

Tony Blair would have had less of a presence in today’s Commons debate on Syria if he’d actually turned up to it. The former Prime Minister was threaded throughout the… Continue reading

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Michael Gove giving his speech at CCHQ this morning. Photo: PA.

Michael Gove’s not-so-gentle reminder to Ed Miliband

27 August 2013 14:46

Surprise, surprise — Michael Gove doesn’t think much of Ed Miliband. To keep up the momentum on Labour’s summer of discontent, the Education Secretary gave a speech at Conservative HQ… Continue reading

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Poll: Half of religious people support gay marriage

14 July 2013 14:09

As the House of Lords prepares to vote on gay marriage, a YouGov poll shows that the opinion of people who regard themselves as ‘religious’ is 48pc against and 44pc… Continue reading

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SPECTATOR DEBATE: When did we stop caring about our national culture?

5 July 2013 16:50

Peter Hitchens will be speaking at the next Spectator Event on 9 July, debating the motion ‘Too much immigration, too little integration?’ along with Ken Livingstone, David Goodhart, Trevor Phillips… Continue reading

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