Nobody can get over what Tony Blair said to Andrew Marr

Tony Blair and Andrew Marr
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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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