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In May , the Conservatives were ejected from British office after 18 years in power, and the Labour Party which replaced them had itself changed irrevocably. Blair's majority was the culmination of a long struggle to modernize the party, and the politics of his country. Philip Gould is a political strategist and polling adviser who has worked with the Labour leadership since the s.
This is deliberate. It is not widely known that Mr Cameron often seeks advice from the former prime minister. For instance, Mr Blair so his allies tell me played an important role in talking David Cameron into the calamitous Libyan intervention four years ago, overriding the advice both of then foreign secretary William Hague and General David Richards, chief of the defence staff.
This is defined by support for foreign intervention, political modernisation, government by clique, withering contempt for conventional party structures, and unquestioning support for the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel. However, Blameronism also serves a political purpose. Mr Cameron and his strategists have carefully studied the connection between Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. Tony Blair said to be prepared to face inquiry over CIA torture report. CIA torture report: Theresa May insists she did not demand redactions.
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Tony Blair condemns torture in wake of CIA report. Theresa May: the five questions she must answer over CIA torture. It worked. During the general election campaign, Mrs Thatcher refused to come out fighting for the Conservatives, while quietly letting it be known that she thought well of Tony Blair. From time to time stories emerge that Mr Blair has doubts about Ed Miliband. When questioned by The Telegraph during the summer, Mr Blair was reluctant to say either that he backed Mr Miliband or whether he would win.
His eventual declaration of support hardly inspired confidence. Blairite elements in the media are less guarded.
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We are talking about nothing more complicated than a bit of mutual back-scratching. Never before has a British former prime minister been allowed to operate as a plenipotentiary across continents in pursuit of private gain. David Cameron helps Tony Blair in other ways. Take the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war.
In opposition, Mr Cameron was one of the first to call loudly for an investigation. In government he has allowed matters to drag. Publication was delayed by objections to the publication of private correspondence between George W Bush and Mr Blair.
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These objections would never have got anywhere if they had not been supported by his successor, David Cameron. Now comes word of a fresh delay. Its purpose is not to protect reputations, but to get at the truth and enable lessons to be learnt for the future. Some 11 years have now passed since the Iraq invasion and five since Chilcot started hearing evidence, with the promise of publication within 18 months. Progress has stalled because politicians, in alliance with the Whitehall establishment, have been determined to stop it.
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