Tony Blair’s Labour followers have always claimed to be the wing of the party which cares most about winning.
Certainly under Blair’s leadership that was always the case. Whatever you think of the man, he won three successive elections for the party - something no other Labour leader has ever managed.
However, since Blair’s departure, this desire to win seems to have totally deserted his supporters and the man himself.
David Miliband’s defeat to his brother in 2010 was a huge surprise for most commentators, yet it was wholly predictable. Miliband had the Labour leadership in his hands yet threw it away out of an arrogant refusal to move towards his party’s own supporters.
His successor Liz Kendall has taken a similar and even more election-losing trajectory. She began her campaign by winning gushing plaudits from right-wing papers and is set to finish it with the support of little more than one in ten Labour supporters.
A new YouGov poll out yesterday puts her in a distant fourthRead More »from Tony Blair is to blame for the rise of Jeremy Corbyn