Is Labour wise using Tony Blair?

  bremner 15:05 07 Apr 15
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Tony Blair has pitched into the election campaign today, clearly a planned part of Labours strategy.

As Blair is seen by so many, including Labour supporters as almost toxic, was this an own goal or an inspired strategy likely to appeal to the New Labour side of the party, balancing the perceived left wing Ed Miliband.

  bremner 16:17 07 Apr 15

I don't that is true, but it would be remarkable if it wasn't.

The BBC's piece on his speech states "Labour hoped he still had "enough lingering stardust to appeal to some voters"

  bumpkin 16:45 07 Apr 15

The other parties would not pay him enough then.

  Forum Editor 18:10 07 Apr 15

I also think that Tony Blair's election experience might be of considerable value to Ed Miliband. Of particular value is Blair's firm belief that a referendum on our membership of the EU would be a big mistake.

He'll back up Miliband's refusal to countenance a referendum on that issue, and it will be (or should be) one of the biggest questions for voters in the election.

  Pine Man 18:53 07 Apr 15

Cameron who has never won any!!

...bit like Brown;-)

  bumpkin 21:09 07 Apr 15

Tony Blair, could well backfire and become a Tory asset.

  Belatucadrus 22:28 07 Apr 15

"Blair's firm belief that a referendum on our membership of the EU would be a big mistake."

This being the same Anthony Blair that promised referendums on the EU constitution in 2004 & 2005, then forgot to actually do it as it looked rather suspiciously like the dear peepul would not agree with him and god forbid we be allowed to get it wrong.

  Forum Editor 23:06 07 Apr 15

"This being the same Anthony Blair that promised referendums on the EU constitution in 2004 & 2005,"

The very same, but as I remember that was a referendum on the new EU constitution, not a referendum which asked whether we should be in or out of the EU.

I am not a Labour supporter, but I think fairness is important - Blair would not have supported an 'in or out' referendum then, and he's against one now, as is Ed Miliband.

  Belatucadrus 00:18 08 Apr 15

I just feel Blair is congenitally anti the entire concept of referenda when there is the tiniest chance he would lose, he is after all Gods right hand man and quite infallible ( at least in his own mind anyway ) and heaven forfend the electorate could be allowed to err from the path of Blairite righteousness.

PS no I don't like him.

  kad292 03:32 08 Apr 15

"Blair would not have supported an 'in or out' referendum then, and he's against one now, as is Ed Miliband",

which is a reflection of the true nature of their political beliefs.The people cannot be trusted to make the 'right' decision so they should NOT under any circumstance be allowed to make any decision on the future status of the country vis-a-vis Europe.

  morddwyd 08:59 08 Apr 15

Labour's already slim chances in Scotland just got worse!

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