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Tony Blair

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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mcbride

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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immigration

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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David Cameron once described himself as a 'man with a plan'. He needs to give that impression now as his party chooses turmoil on Europe once again. Picture: Getty

Lord Bell savages ‘pygmy’ Cameron

3 July 2013 13:54

Lord Bell, AKA the King of Spin, made some noise at the annual Freedom Dinner (established by libertarians to mark the anniversary of the smoking ban) last night at Canary… Continue reading

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Tony Blair Meets With British Troops in Basra

Max Hastings, Mind-Reader

2 July 2013 12:48

Max Hastings is one of the foremost military historians in the English-speaking world. His multi-volume history of the Second World War is magnificent. Until recently, however, I had not known… Continue reading

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Assertive Blair

18 August 1979: Second class justice for immigrants

17 June 2013 16:12

Since we launched The Spectator Archive, the most read piece has been the first ever published article by one Anthony Blair in 1979, before he switched to the more informal… Continue reading

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Tony Blair Continues Speaking Tour In Auckland

Tony Blair is pessimistic about the chances that Europe will change

15 June 2013 14:21

Tony Blair has plenty to say on the crisis in Syria in his interview in today’s Times, as you might expect. But he also makes a few points on other… Continue reading

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US President George W. Bush (R) listens as British

The Chilcot Inquiry is a pointless endeavour. Tony Blair’s critics will never be satisfied.

30 May 2013 12:47

I never really saw the point of the Chilcot Inquiry and nothing that has happened in the years since it first sat has persuaded me I was wrong to think… Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher’s funeral unites the political class

17 April 2013 15:05

Where there has been discord, Mrs Thatcher’s funeral brought harmony. From my seat in the gods at St. Paul’s, I watched as Westminster’s lesser mortals gathered in front of the… Continue reading

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David Cameron

Seven awkward questions for the Tories

12 April 2013 21:08

Tony Blair asked Labour seven awkward questions this week, ranging from issues that everyone’s talking about to rather more quirky ones that the former Prime Minister would like everyone to… Continue reading

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If Ed Miliband wants to ignore Tony Blair's advice about the centre ground, he should at least have a jolly good think about the seven questions he poses. Picture: Getty

Blair’s warning to Miliband about the policy abattoir

11 April 2013 14:32

Nothing like a former PM poking their nose into your business, eh? John Major experienced what Daniel Finkelstein this week delicately described as ‘sub-optimal’ behaviour from Margaret Thatcher when he… Continue reading

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The political class’s new phobia: big families

5 April 2013 14:38

After almost a week of media breast-beating about the Philpott case, a creepy consensus is emerging over benefits for children. Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative backbencher, wants child benefit to be limited… Continue reading

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6 children died as the result of a criminal act. Should we not, as a society, examine all of its causes, including the problems in the welfare system?

The Philpotts – what happened to Labour’s view that we should be tough on the causes of crime?

4 April 2013 17:12

Several Labour MPs have expressed their disapproval of George Osborne’s comments about the taxpayer funding Mick Philpott’s lifestyle. For example, Andy McDonald, MP for Middlesbrough, said that welfare is a ‘completely… Continue reading

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Tony Blair

Labour prepares to enter the battle of the best ideas

3 February 2013 17:07

Tony Blair usually grows rather awkward when asked about the current direction of the Labour party under Ed Miliband. Clearly afraid of appearing a backseat driver, the former Prime Minister… Continue reading

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Tony Blair has suggested that part of a 'grand bargain' to revive the European Union could include an elected president. Picture: Getty

Tony Blair’s ‘Grand Bargain’ for Europe: elect a President

29 October 2012 17:24

Tony Blair gave a speech today in which he proposed a ‘Grand Bargain’ to revive the European Union. One of the proposals in this grand bargain is – and Blair… Continue reading

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Tony Blair Stands Down As Prime Minister

Blair’s babes are still braying

11 October 2012 15:11

Under the alias ‘Director General of the Russell Group’, a certain Dr Wendy Piatt has slammed the government’s policy on student visas. In a quote to the Independent, she warns: ‘as ministers crack down… Continue reading

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