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Published: 14 March 2019

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780199608850

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Heroes or Villains?

The Blair Government Reconsidered

Jon Davis and John Rentoul

  • A fresh assessment of Tony Blair's New Labour Government, its strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures
  • Unique content drawn from the 'Blair Years' King's College London seminars, convened by Davis and Rentoul, including previously unpublished talks by Tony Blair, Ed Balls, Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson, Alan Milburn, Tessa Jowell, Jeremy Heywood, Nicholas Macpherson and a host of other senior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
  • 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