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    20 years ago today, Tony Blair was elected Labour Party leader.

    To mark the occasion, he's making a speech, which'll inevitably put pressure on Ed Miliband in a similar way to Margaret Thatcher.

    After a huge majority, Blair achieved peace in Northern Ireland, sent Britain to war in Iraq, introduced tuition fees and rose them, and soared spending in education and the NHS.

    Was he a blessing or a curse for the Labour Party, the country and the world?
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    Tony Blair did more to steer the Labour Party towards economic neo-liberalism than any other previous leader. In that, and including the war-mongering stuff, his legacy is a curse.
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    He was a blessing for Labour, if they'd had another 1992 they would have been in an existential crisis, as it was they got the man who was one of the finest vote winning politicians the country has ever seen. His campaigning performace was awesome, the Tories never stood a chance in '97 or '01.

    Country, largely even, most would agree Good Friday was positive and many disagreed with Iraq, but though the latter may have seemed huge at the time it was not a war to define the whole country for an epoch, though it has had a big impact on foreign policy, but he did not try to change the direction of the country in the manner of Thatcher or Attlee.

    Worldwide he'll be remembered for Iraq, the War on Terror and Serbia, which on current perceptions is probably an overall negative.
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    (Original post by Numberwang)
    20 years ago today, Tony Blair was elected Labour Party leader.

    To mark the occasion, he's making a speech, which'll inevitably put pressure on Ed Miliband in a similar way to Margaret Thatcher.

    After a huge majority, Blair achieved peace in Northern Ireland, sent Britain to war in Iraq, introduced tuition fees and rose them, and soared spending in education and the NHS.

    Was he a blessing or a curse for the Labour Party, the country and the world?
    Blair was the third greatest leader this country has had since Gladstone (we were actually quite spoilt getting Thatcher, Major and Blair in succession). He was the ultimate proof that what England wants is a soft Tory government just as Ed will prove if he fails to achieve a majority in 2015. His foreign policy whilst controversial was fantastic and I'm sure that many people in Kosovo, Sierra Lionne, Afghanistan and Iraq thank him for it.

    He may not have been perfect but he'd have got my vote in 01.
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    He was the most divisive leader Labour have ever had. This is going to stir up a good debate.
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    I believe a curse. Yes, many of his reforms before the Iraq War brought in aided social justice and equality but all of this was tarnished by the subsequent wars. It was due to these wars that Labour lost the election as the electorate drifted away from the party. Blair now trying to attempt to lure Ed Miliband down a policy route should be ignored so that Ed can follow his own path for the party not a spin-riddled Blairite one.

    He adored Thatcher more than he did Attlee, which is something I find loathsome considering he was a Labour leader and Prime Minister.
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    They needed a winner.
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    (Original post by meenu89)
    They needed a winner.
    John Smith was, he unfortunately died unexpectedly.
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    A curse. Let alone the illegal invasion if Afghanistan and the unjustified invasion of Iraq, he introduced tuition fees, as well as raising them.

    He divided his party members, and sought the respect and opinion of Bush et all, instead of those who voted for him.

    Worst still, he still remains a pompous and useless fool in his current role as "Middle East Peace Envoy", he has done nothing to promote peace, and I look forward to the day that UN finally gets rid of him and he is tried for war crimes.
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    My mummy says voting for Labour when Tony Blair was leader is one of the worst things she's ever done, so let's go with curse
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    He made Labour electable again and his charisma was addictive. His first term was great and his foreign policy in Kosovo and Sierra Leone was exemplary.

    Certainly, his later foreign policy decisions were questionable, but overall he was a blessing to the Labour Party, and to the UK. He's certainly twice the politician Miliband is.
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    Permanently destroyed the social fabric of the UK through mass immigration.

    Imposed the totalitarian creed of political correctness and celebrating "diversity" upon the nation.

    Invented "hate" crimes (thought crimes) and "institutional racism" following the Marxist recommendations of Macpherson.

    Handed over untold powers to the EU and gave away a large chunk of Thatcher's hard-won rebate for nothing in return.

    Repealed section 28 and paved the way for homosexual "marriage".

    Removed the death penalty for treason.
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    As far as post-Blair Labour goes they are a party solely for immigrants and benefits claimants and I suppose international communists, they have absolutely nothing to offer the indigenous working class population of this country. Which hopefully means they will never be elected again.
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    He was a good leader but he had too many bad policies chief among which UK had the cheapest fuel in all of EU prior to 97 and by 98 it became among the most expensive. If you had grown up in the 80s and early 90s, you'd remember how just about anyone and everyone had a company car, that changed too.

    He killed off quite a lot of manufacturing and essentially between him and that ******* Brown made UK one of the least attractive places to manufacture anything.

    His other economic policies weren't revolutionary just evolutionary from Thatcher era.

    The wars? Well hindsight is always 20/20.
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    He's one of the most evil men to have lived; his conversion to Catholicism sums him up.
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    He turned Labour into a right wing party.
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    Curse. Our party is only just starting recover from all of the damage endured under the Blair years.
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    He was like a disease, only probably even more intolerable.
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    (Original post by thesabbath)
    As far as post-Blair Labour goes they are a party solely for immigrants and benefits claimants and I suppose international communists, they have absolutely nothing to offer the indigenous working class population of this country. Which hopefully means they will never be elected again.
    And which other political party will stand up and fight for the indigenous working class peoples?
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    You should vote for policies you agree with that are based off fact. Not "charismatic" figure heads. Just saying.
 
 
 
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