Thursday, 2 December 2021

Blair is planning to return to politics

LONDON: In an interview, the former Labour leader admitted to feeling “motivated” by the current polarised state of Westminster politics and distraught at the lurch to the Left of his own party. He feared the country was becoming divided between the extremes of an “ultra-Left” Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and the “hard Brexit” Tories led by Theresa May. Britain needed a new “centre ground” force in the mould of the “New Labour” party he created, Mr Blair told.

And he added that it was an “open question” whether he could return to frontline politics to play a key role in rebuilding a centrist party that could challenge the resurgent Tories. In the interview, Mr Blair described the current divisions at Westminster as “a tragedy”. He said: “It’s a tragedy for British politics if the choice before the country is a Conservative government going for a hard Brexit and an ultra-left Labour Party that believes in a set of policies that takes us back to the Sixties.

“In the UK at the moment you’ve got a one party state. When you put it all together, there’s something seriously wrong.” Mr Blair accepted there had been a backlash against centrist politics but insisted a resurrection was possible. He said: “There’s been a huge reaction against the politics I represent. “But I think it’s too soon to say the centre has been defeated. Mr Blair said it was an ‘open question’ whether he could return to frontline politics. “Ultimately I don’t think it will. I think it will succeed again.”

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