I may return to take party back to centre, says Blair
Tony Blair believes the centre ground will re-establish itself in British politics despite the Labour Party’s lurch “back to the 1960s” and has refused to rule out a role in it.
The former prime minister told Esquire magazine that it was 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 take us back to the 1960s”. He said that he was on the lookout for a role in a resurgent centre that would make the party electable again but did not know if there would be one.
“I don’t know if there’s a role for me . . . there’s a limit to what I want to say about my own position at the moment. All I can say is that this is where politics is at. Do I feel strongly about it? Yes, I do. Am I very motivated by that? Yes. Where do I go from here? What exactly do I do? That’s an open question.”
Tony Blair hints at return to politics over fears Britain is becoming a ‘one-party state’
Tony Blair has indicated that he is preparing to return to British politics to prevent the “tragedy” of Britain becoming a “one-party state”.
The former Prime Minister warned that the rise of the hard-Left in Labour means that “the centre ground is in retreat” as he urged moderate politicians to “rise to the challenge”.
It comes after Mr Blair announced that he is closing down his business empire following years of criticism over his money-making ventures.
Tony Blair: the Interview
On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, the former Prime Minister talks to Esquire
On the morning of our final meeting for this article, in mid-September, Tony Blair gave me a tour of the art on display in his London office. On a wall facing his desk, on the far side of a substantial room, is a 19th-century painting of a Cairo street scene. On another, a present from Cherie, Blair’s wife: a black and white photograph of an Orthodox Jew sitting beside a market stall. On a third wall, a painting of pilgrims on the outskirts of Jerusalem, also 19th-century. Most imposing is a large map of Africa and the Middle East. As we looked at it, Blair marvelled at the size of Africa, and then he pointed out Israel — we’d been there, together, a few days earlier — and remarked on how tiny it is compared to the Arab states surrounding it.