- "We're a mess, the buoyancy of the world economy has kept us going up to now, but should that falter, we will be in deep trouble."
- Blair believes that the party he belongs to, Labour is today ruled by a Marxist-Leninist wing in which leader Jeremy Corbyn promises a political revolution.
- While he is not enthusiastic about Corbyn, the alternative is, if possible, even worse, Blair says.
Britain is in a big mess, and the population has had enough. That was the message of former Prime Minister Tony Blair when he spoke at a conference on the challenges of British politics on Monday. In particular, the entire course of Brexit is worrying the nation’s former prime minister.
“We’re a mess, the buoyancy of the world economy has kept us going up to now, but should that falter, we will be in deep trouble.” Tony Blair warned at a Reuters Newsmaker event. Mr. Blair served as British Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007. Blair, who belongs to the Labour Party, has repeatedly called for the decision to leave the EU to be reversed. At his speech on Monday, he reiterated the call, saying that another referendum on Brexit is needed.
Parties Selling Fantasies
The UK’s exit from the EU has so far been postponed twice and is now scheduled for January 31, 2020. Before then, the British are due for parliamentary elections on December 12, and as per Tony Blair’s opinion, neither of the two main parties— the Conservative party or his own Labour Party— deserve to win the election. According to the former prime minister, both parties are trying to sell “fantasies” to voters.
Blair described the poll on December 12 as “the weirdest of my lifetime.” I’m going to vote for Labour because I have to, he said. Blair is evidently not very enthusiastic about the current party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Attacks Own Party
Tony Blair believes that the party he belongs to, Labour is today ruled by a Marxist-Leninist wing in which leader Jeremy Corbyn promises a political revolution. The former premier argues that the problem with revolutions is that they always end badly.
Blair is also adamant that polls are predicting a clear victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. “If you had a moderate, center-left leader of the Labour Party right now, we wouldn’t be in this position,” Blair said.
Warns Against “Laboratory Experiment”
The experienced politician doubts that Labour is again at the center of the political spectrum, but in his speech, he emphasizes the importance of finding reason in British politics as soon as possible. “This laboratory experiment in populism running riot will end very badly for our country,” he warns. And while he is not enthusiastic about Corbyn, the alternative is, if possible, even worse, says Blair, who is strongly opposed to Brexit.
According to Blair, British politics had become “utterly dysfunctional.” Populism was “rampant,” Britain was in “a mess.” He said he’d always been “naturally optimistic,” but for the first time in his life, “I’m not sure whether I still am.” Neither Jeremy Corbyn nor Boris Johnson has so far reacted to Tony Blair’s criticism.