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Published: 20 May 2021

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780198862819

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Heroes or Villains?

The Blair Government Reconsidered

Jon Davis and John Rentoul

  • The complete account of the rise and fall of New Labour, from its hopeful origins, via boom and bust, to the electoral defeat of 2010.
  • Includes contributions from most of the leading players in the Blair and Brown governments, including: Tony Blair; Alastair Campbell; Peter Mandelson; Ed Balls; David Blunkett; Charles Clarke; Alan Milburn; Tessa Jowell; and a host of senior civil servants.
  • Traces the evolution of Blairite policy across the spectrum, from health and education to the liberal interventionist foreign policy that led to involvement in Iraq.
  • Charts the difficult relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown—and how Blair sought to manage it.
  • Illuminates the ongoing struggles between 'Blairites' and 'Brownites', as well as the equally important tussles between New Labour ministers and their civil service colleagues.
  • Uses a mass of previously unseen interview material from the seminars of the Blair Government course, convened by the authors of the book.
  • Sheds light on arguments that remain very much alive today, such as reform of public services, the right course for the Labour Party, and the Iraq War.

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