A new MP brilliantly demolishes Tony Blair’s attempt to troll Jeremy Corbyn

Zarah Sultana and Tony Blair
Ed Sykes

In a desperate attempt to defend his legacy of ‘Thatcherism-lite‘ politics, Tony Blair has hit out at Jeremy Corbyn. But it only took one tweet from a new MP to demolish his argument.

Blair put out a video in which he said:

I don’t often respond to the Leader of the Labour Party’s attacks on the last Labour government, but enough is enough.

He went on to criticise Corbyn for lumping decades of Tory and New Labour rule together and tried to distinguish his own record in power from Margaret Thatcher’s.

Labour’s Zarah Sultana, however, responded with a revealing quote from Blair after Margaret Thatcher‘s death in 2013:


Thatcher, meanwhile, once said her ‘greatest achievement’ was Blair’s New Labour.

Thatcher’s legacy

For most left-wingers, Thatcher has few redeeming features. She decimated working-class communities and workers’ rights, leaving unemployment, destruction, and poverty in her wake. That legacy saw many communities across the country celebrate when she died.

As ROAR magazine wrote in 2016, Thatcher “deregulated the financial sector with a religious ferocity”; she assaulted the labour movement and tore the British welfare state apart like no one ever had before; and people hated her not just for her policies but because of how she personified “the naked logic of class warfare operating underneath the technocratic surface of her neoliberal project”.

Neoliberalism (i.e. austerity, privatising anything public, and giving companies total freedom to do what they want) has brought misery to ordinary people around the world for decades. And even its main backer has admitted that it’s boosted inequality. Under this dominant form of capitalism, money is god; and equality is a dirty word.

Thatcher also befriended Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; and saw no alternative to South African apartheid, calling Nelson Mandela’s ANC a “typical terrorist organisation”.

Blair’s legacy

Blair’s government wasn’t exactly the same as Thatcher’s. But it didn’t represent a meaningful break from the elitist political environment that Thatcher had built. And in this sense, Britain has not yet defeated Thatcherism. That’s why Sultana, in her brilliant maiden speech in parliament, said:

In 10 years’ time, at the start of the next decade, I want to look teenagers in the eye and say with pride: my generation faced 40 years of Thatcherism, and we ended it.

Blair may dislike people lumping him in with Thatcherism, but it’s a hard legacy to escape. And it hardly helps that, since stepping down as prime minister, he has spent his time cosying up to dictators and making millions (including over a million from British taxpayers).

Along with the eternal stain that the disastrous invasion of Iraq left on his time in power, his domestic record speaks for itself. Because his government used token progressive policies to hide its true right-wing nature. It abandoned and ignored working-class communities (along with Labour members and trade unions); continued financial deregulation to please wealthy elites; kick-started the privatisation of the NHS; propped up the very structures which created the capitalist crisis of 2007–2008; and lost five million voters between 1997 and 2010. His government left people across Britain with a lack of trust in politics; and this helped to spark the disenchantment that fuelled the Brexit vote, with many people perceiving overwhelmingly that living standards had been deteriorating for decades.

In short, it’s no surprise that Labour members today have little love for Blair:

No more!

Sultana is spot on. We must call out Blair’s role in keeping Thatcherism alive. His toxic form of centrism polluted British politics, and doesn’t offer the solution going forward. Because the 2019 election wasn’t just about media propaganda, our appalling electoral system, and Brexit; while Corbyn’s Labour lost ground, centrism lost ten times more.

So Blair, please just shut your trap for once.

Featured image via RT UK and BBC Newsnight

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    1. Blair isn’t just the Labour Party’s only war criminal, and nor is he just Britain’s biggest killer; but because he started his bombing campaigns beside Bill Clinton before many of us had even heard of the idiot George W Bush, Blair is the biggest killer still alive. He has likely killed more than Saddam Hussain who both these war criminals silenced on the gallows, and while he hasn’t achieved the numbers of Hitler or Stalin he is in still in that shameful league. Certainly in the top twenty and possibly in the top ten.

      His blood-stained lucre will be with him for this lifetime only and whatever awaits us after death, if anything, he has damned his soul for eternity. When he dies he’ll be in no position to influence what is said about him, and he’ll be remembered as an abomination for far longer than he ever lived.

      1. Tony B’ Liar will always be remembered as George ‘Dubbya” Bush’ poodle, and rightly so. He will always be seen as turning the real Labour Party into ‘New Labour’, which was just Tory Lite, i.e. Thatcherism with less arrogance.

        Beside B’Liar being the war criminal he is, was also tightly aligned with Dubbya, who killed more American service people when he sent them into Iraq illegally than died in the Osama Bin Laden attacks on NY and the Pentagon on 9/11.

        Who are the greater terrorists? Why has B’Liar not been hauled infront of a court and tried? Becu8ase the wealthy profit from wars that kill the commoners.

    2. Thank goodness for Zara Sultana, at last we have a Labour politician willing to distance the party from the con-trick that was New Labour. I despaired every time I heard a Tory politician or media sympathiser conflate the present Labout party with Blaires muderous regime.

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