Extract from my 2013 blog –
Blair, Brown and Mandelson created New Labour and it worked – Labour was elected and re-elected. The results, over 13 years, are now history.
Two wars, one illegal, the deaths of hundreds of thousands, terrorism brought to UK by the Iraq War, the gap between rich and poor widened, corruption of Parliamentary institutions, the prosecution and imprisonment of Labour MPs, the resignation of the Labour Speaker of the House of Commons in disgrace, the corruption of the Press and the Metropolitan Police, the banking and financial collapse, cash for access, etc.
Hardly a success, except in one key aspect – Blair, Mandelson, Brown, Labour defence secretaries, Labour ministers and many Labour MPs got very rich indeed, in the case of Blair and Mandelson, egregiously rich.
The revolving door between government ministers, civil servants and industry – especially the defence industry – spun ever faster and more profitably.
And the military/industrial complex rejoiced and celebrated New Labour’s achievements.
And now, in 2014?
We have the key figures in the Blair Government that led us to war – Gordon Brown, John Reid, Alistair Darling, Jim Murphy, et al leading the war against Scotland’s independence.
Iraq has exploded into chaos and near-collapse of the Iraq‘democracy’ set up by the United States and the United Kingdom
What of the report of the Chilcot Enquiry? Delay in publication, talk of redaction of major conclusions and fact.