By Anthony Seldon
Tony Blair has ruled British political lifestyles for greater than a decade. Like Margaret Thatcher prior to him, he has replaced the phrases of political debate and provoked as a lot condemnation as admiration. on the finish of his period in energy, this ebook offers a wide-ranging assessment of the achievements and screw ups of the Blair governments. Bringing jointly Britain's most outstanding teachers and commentators on British politics and society, it examines the influence of the top Minister and his management at the equipment of presidency, monetary and social coverage and international relatives. Combining severe scholarship with readability and accessibility, this booklet represents the authoritative verdict at the impression of the Blair years on British politics and society.
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Yet he took risks with his party over top-up tuition fees, foundation hospitals, academies, public private partnerships and of course allying Britain with such a right-wing US President. He took the party beyond its comfort zone and this was reflected in the rise of dissent among Labour MPs, as Philip Cowley shows in chapter 2. In 1997 New Labour transformed British election campaigning. It was so successful that the Conservatives have been trying to copy it. William Hague gave each member of his shadow cabinet a copy of Philip Gould’s The Unfinished Revolution.
It is also diﬃcult to think of any other world leader who would appear, alone and unaided, before their senior parliamentarians for two and a half hours. , in a bid to generate better media coverage. Derek Draper, Blair’s Hundred Days (London: Faber and Faber, 1997), p. 36. The third significant reform occurred in late 2004, and was eﬀectively forced onto the Commons as a result of other government legislation. Anticipating the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act in January 2005, the House of Commons authorities published details of the expenditure claims made by each MP.
Joni Lovenduski, Feminizing Politics (Cambridge: Polity, 2005), p. 180. See Sarah Childs, Joni Lovenduski and Rosie Campbell, Women at the Top 2005: Changing Numbers, Changing Politics (London: Hansard Society, 2005), section 2. See, for example, Karen Bird, ‘Gendering Parliamentary Questions’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 7, 2005: 353–70; or Sarah Childs and Julie Withey, ‘Do Women Sign for Women? Sex and the Signing of Early Day Motions in the 1997 Parliament’, Political Studies, 52, 2004: 552–64.
Blair's Britain, 1997-2007 by Anthony Seldon