26 October 2019, 17:00 - 18:00
Tony Blair was a serial election winner, and Labour’s most successful leader. Yet, in the age of Corbyn and of Brexit, his record is often reduced to the controversies surrounding Iraq, immigration, and the 2008 economic crash.
Dr Richard Carr argues it is time to think again. Drawing on his new book March of the Moderates, Carr talks us through the relationship between Blair and Bill Clinton, how the Labour leader sought to move the party away from its 1980s electoral defeats, and moves on to consider the achievements of office after 1997. Those seeking new perspectives on Blair’s partnership with George W Bush and the Iraq War will find much of interest, as will those seeking a more positive take on the New Labour years.
Regardless, whether a fan, foe, or somewhere in between of Blair, this talk will interest anyone seeking to know more about recent British politics.
Richard Carr is a Senior Lecturer in History and Politics at ARU, and author of the book, March of the Moderates, published by I B Tauris.
This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.