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Blair admits he was wrong...
How interesting to read that Tony Blair admitted in his book that he got something wrong. Could it be his decision to leave in place the Tories' anti-trade union laws? Could it be his decision to push council housing into the hands of private landlords or even his decision to continue with the discredited Tory privatisation of our railways?
Craig Johnston, RMT transport union national executive, Manchester and North West England
Perhaps it was his decision not to give us a referendum on the European constitution (simply renamed the Lisbon treaty) after he promised us he would give us a say? Might it have been his decision to part privatise our National Health Service - and mortgage the future of the NHS with PFI hospitals?
Taking our country into an illegal war in Iraq might have been another possibility, misleading us that there were "weapons of mass destruction" that simply didn't exist?
No, Blair apparently tells us that his biggest regret was to ban people from inflicting unnecessary suffering on wild animals by allowing our MPs to vote to ban hunting wild animals with dogs (a piece of legislation that's full of loopholes anyway).
When Blair and his brigade took over the Labour Party they indicated they were taking it on a journey.
For many of us that journey was in entirely the wrong direction and we left the party we had campaigned for and loved for years.
Reading the media articles on Blair's book, even our friends and comrades who stayed with Labour must be shocked, saddened and dismayed about just how far in the wrong direction they have actually travelled.
In The Socialist 9 September 2010:
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