Blair 'comeback': will 'Lord Tony' become PM? Er, no

Tony Blair

A sceptic suggests that way too much is being read into former PM's personnel choices

LAST UPDATED AT 10:54 ON Thu 3 May 2012

MEDIA speculation that Tony Blair is preparing for a return to British politics is rife this morning following his appointment of a new director of communications. While some have suggested Blair could one day return to Number 10, others are sceptical.
 
The rumours can be traced back to a source close to Blair who was quoted in Public Affairs News magazine saying: "He wants to re-engage in the UK. He has things to say and he thinks it's the right time. The question is how he re-enters the UK scene without re-entering domestic politics and interfering with the Labour Party."

The phrase "without re-entering domestic politics", does rather stand out, but nonetheless the quote has become the basis of headlines this morning trumpeting Blair's 'return to British politics'.

There has been no comment from the Labour Party regarding the return of Blair, although a spokesman for Ed Miliband said: "Tony Blair is a very big, successful Labour figure who won three general elections. He talks to Ed regularly and we would be delighted to see him re-engaging in British politics."

Iain Martin wonders in The Daily Telegraph whether Blair might not be elected to a reformed House of Lords. He goes on to suggest that elected Lords might be able to serve as cabinet ministers, adding: "Are we then that far away from a day in which once again a Prime Minister hails from the Lords rather than the Commons?"

It is left to Donald Macintyre, writing in The Independent, to add a pinch of salt to the rumours. He admits that in February, Ladbrokes cut the odds on Blair becoming the next Labour leader to a "suprisingly short" 25-1. But says: "He would surely be reluctant to abandon the flourishing global corporation... built around the Blair brand."
 
He continues: "David Lloyd George was talked up during the 20s as a potential second time PM, but it never happened... But Lloyd George remained, as Tony Blair has not, an MP."
 
Blair became Prime Minister 15 years ago this week, and news of his possible return coupled with this anniversary brought more than scepticism from some.

Former Cabinet Minister Lord Tebbit attacked the former Prime Minister in the Daily Mail, branding his political legacy “debt, war, ignorance, welfare dependency, social division”. · 

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 Thank God for Lord Tebbit's integrity and sense of naming discrepancies.

....wait a minute.  I'm not a Blair fan particularly, but Tebbit branding his legacy as debt, war, ignorance, welfare dependency and social division is a bit rich.  Did the Brighton bombing, the Falklands war, the miners strikes, record unemployment, uncollected rubbish piling up on Britains' streets not happen on his watch?  Even for a politician, he's got a very selective memory.

blair,   Arrogant bastard,   he ruined britain ,  he s  not   liked or wanted ...stay away......

How can a man like him be brought when he should be hanging at the end of a rope for his crimes he was & is worse than Thatcher

 The "WInter of discontent" happened essentially because Callaghan played a trick on the Trades Unions: the Unions traditionally minimised their strike action during the run-up to an election, because strikes didn't help the Labour cause,. Callaghan let it be believed that he was intending to call a snap election... and then he didn't. At the party conference he tauntingly sang to the TUC "There I was, waiting at the church..." What ensued was a storm of postponed strike action: unburied bodies, rubbish piling up in the streets,,,, and THAT in turn led to a Thatcherite landslide. So.. NO. It DIDN'T "Happen on Tebbit's  watch".

GOD FORBID,he f....d the country up once,and given the chance will do it again the arrogant bastard.If people are prepared to vote for him they deserve all they get

Blair... Probably the worst blight on the UK in modern times. A vile and corrupt liar, and parasite from beginning to end. Should be held accountable (along with Brown) for the ruination of the country, and thrown in jail.

Probably for the first time in my life and possibly the last, I could agree with anything coming out of the mouth of Norman Tebbitt, but this time
he is spot on with his comments on Blair. I doubt very much that the British people politically savy as they are, largely, have such short memories that Blair could ever make what would be more than a remarkable comeback.

Bush's POODLE, dont think anyone would be stupid enough to vote for this criminal, money grabbing, person....being polite calling him that !!!

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