Nobody can get over what Tony Blair said to Andrew Marr

Tony Blair and Andrew Marr

Nobody can quite get over what Tony Blair said to Andrew Marr on 25 November. Arguing for a referendum re-run, Blair tried to illustrate that Theresa May’s Brexit deal is not what people voted for:

It’s a bit me like me having come in as leader of the Labour party and then suddenly deciding I’ve become a Conservative.

But many people hold the view that Blair did just that:

It’s not just Labour supporters that view Blair as Conservative-leaning. When asked what her greatest achievement was, Margaret Thatcher famously said:

Tony Blair and New Labour.

Blair carried on the Thatcherite consensus of privatisation and war. As Richard Seymour notes in the Guardian:

New Labour had made electoral capital out of the Tories’ unpopularity over privatisation, but only pledged to stop the sell-off of air traffic control. Even this minor promise was betrayed.

“[May] is a decent person”

On the Andrew Marr show, Blair continued his alignment with Conservative politics. The former prime minister said he had “a lot of respect” for May and that:

she’s shown resilience… a degree of courage… and you know she’s a decent person

On social media, viewers again weren’t impressed:

YouGov has found that almost 60% of British people have a negative view of the former Labour leader. While many are divided over Brexit, people are seemingly united in their dislike of Blair.

Featured image via Jeane Elaine Grey/ YouTube

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