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A message from Tony

Tony Blair wrote to me today. I haven't heard from him in ages!

'Dear Smokingboot'

The Government’s policy is now Brexit At Any Cost, as those in the driving seat have always wanted. Our task must be to expose relentlessly the cost to the country of rushing over the cliff’s edge.

As proud citizens of our country we believe that in the 21st Century we should maintain our partnership with the biggest political union and largest commercial market right on our doorstep.

WATCH me make this case in a speech for Open Britain this morning:


The British people voted to leave Europe and the will of the people should prevail. But the people voted without knowledge of the terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their will.

Making the best of a bad job doesn't mean it is wise to put yourself in that position unless you have to.

Open Britain is leading the fight against hard Brexit. All groups must now come together, find ways of concerting strategy and tactics effectively, and build them into something stronger.

My new institute will create a policy platform which will go wider than the question about our future relationship with Europe. There is an urgent need to re-position the whole debate around globalisation and how we make it work for people. In this sense, the Brexit debate is part of something much bigger. You can sign up here to receive information about the work of the institute.

As I said in my speech: now is the time to get organised. The one incontrovertible aspect of politics today is that it can change. The will of the people can change. This is not the time for retreat, indifference of despair; but the time to rise up in defence of what we believe.

Thank you,
Tony Blair'

I wonder where he got my email address? Obviously not from data held by a party I have left, because that would be rather rude. So we must have met at Chequers or some place I've forgotten.I have written back, because clearly this letter has come from the hand of the ex-prime minister, who is even now awaiting my reply;

Dear Tony

While I agree with you about Brexit being a terrible mistake, I have some misgivings about the campaign.

The main one is that you are perhaps not the best person to lead this campaign. There is no doubt in my mind that you will be as eloquent and persuasive as ever, but the Iran issue will always be held against you, and Brexiters will use it to reproach those who support you. Unhappily there are those who, given the choice between being pro-Europe and anti-Blair, will choose the latter. Rightly or wrongly your presence creates at least an ambivalence and at worst a rift in the Remainer ranks.

You can be of immense benefit to the campaign, I can think of no-one better to manage it, but you are not the right choice for a figurehead.

With sincere respect


There now, I hope I haven't upset him too much. But if your mailing list friends can't be honest with you, who can?


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 19th, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC)
Surely the Iraq issue, not Iran?
Feb. 20th, 2017 08:09 am (UTC)
:-D :-D :-D

Now he really will never speak to me again!
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