Tony Blair has pitched into the election campaign today, clearly a planned part of Labours strategy.
As Blair is seen by so many, including Labour supporters as almost toxic, was this an own goal or an inspired strategy likely to appeal to the New Labour side of the party, balancing the perceived left wing Ed Miliband.
I also think that Tony Blair's election experience might be of considerable value to Ed Miliband. Of particular value is Blair's firm belief that a referendum on our membership of the EU would be a big mistake.
He'll back up Miliband's refusal to countenance a referendum on that issue, and it will be (or should be) one of the biggest questions for voters in the election.
"Blair's firm belief that a referendum on our membership of the EU would be a big mistake."
This being the same Anthony Blair that promised referendums on the EU constitution in 2004 & 2005, then forgot to actually do it as it looked rather suspiciously like the dear peepul would not agree with him and god forbid we be allowed to get it wrong.
I just feel Blair is congenitally anti the entire concept of referenda when there is the tiniest chance he would lose, he is after all Gods right hand man and quite infallible ( at least in his own mind anyway ) and heaven forfend the electorate could be allowed to err from the path of Blairite righteousness.
"Blair would not have supported an 'in or out' referendum then, and he's against one now, as is Ed Miliband",
which is a reflection of the true nature of their political beliefs.The people cannot be trusted to make the 'right' decision so they should NOT under any circumstance be allowed to make any decision on the future status of the country vis-a-vis Europe.