Blair: a threat to all that is of value in public life and democracy

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This is in the Guardian this morning:

Tony Blair has renewed his call for Labour leaders to have the courage to stand up to their party base, as Ed Miliband told his MPs that his party had to move on from New Labour and heed Blair's own advice to change.

And Blair's quoted as saying:

The very fierce left-right distinctions are really a 20th-century thing. In the 21st century most members of the public don't really think like that. They will think one way on one issue and another on another issue. It's a post-ideological age. If you have a budget deficit you have to fix it. If you have a very polarising political divide, the debate becomes very uncivil, and people find it a turn-off.

So let's unpack this for a moment.

First Blair is saying parties should ignore their memberships. So what he's really saying is leaders are unaccountable, and most especially to those who help bring them to office. I think it's fair to say that's scornful on democracy.

And second he's saying there's now no politics, just the managerialism of consensus within neoliberalism, all of which should revolve around agreement that there is only one way of doing things. Apart from being both wrong and anti-democratic (again) there is in this comment all the reason anyone needs to know precisely why Labour has to reject all that New Labour stood for if it is to have any credibility.

I'm not a Labour member. But if Blair and his cohort still hold sway I can see little reason for anyone to vote for them, bar their not being the Tories. And that's clearly all Blair aspires to.

The man really is a liability to British public life and a threat to all that is of value.