from Nicholas Wapshott:

Fighting for the future of conservativism

By Nicholas Wapshott
May 13, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech to placard waving Conservatives during an European election campaign rally at a science park in Bristol

Establishment Republicans have been delighted by the victory of Thom Tillis, their favored candidate in last week’s North Carolina primary. After expensive advertising campaigns by establishment bagmen like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, mainstream conservatives believe they have a candidate who can beat Democrat Kay Hagan to win a valuable Senate seat in November.

“Heir to Blair” Cameron seeks progressive mantle

By Estelle Shirbon
April 9, 2010

RTR2CL0L_Comp[1]David Cameron caused consternation among many Conservative supporters in 2005 by claiming that he was the “heir to Blair”. He learnt his lesson and has steered clear of that comparison ever since, although as this election campaign unfolds there are signs he remains rather more “Blairite” than many in the Conservative rank and file would like.

Blast from the past as Blair enters campaign

By Estelle Shirbon
March 30, 2010

Tony BlairTony Blair was back on the campaign trail today, doing what he does best, but whether the voters were happy to see him again is open to question.

from The Great Debate UK:

Tariq Ali on how unions fare under Labour rule

March 22, 2010

Amid a stand-off between British Airways and the Unite union, the Labour Party's main financial supporter, Prime Minister Gordon Brown called a planned strike by BA cabin crew workers "unjustified and deplorable" last week and said both sides should return to talks.

Brown takes a different tack on Iraq

March 5, 2010

BrownInquiryTony Blair said he had no regrets about removing Saddam Hussein when he ended his session before the Chilcot inquiry in January. Gordon Brown, not surprisingly, took a different approach.

Was there a “precipitate rush to war” with Iraq?

January 12, 2010

BRITAIN-IRAQ/Testimony by former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications director Alastair Campbell at a public inquiry over Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war shows that Blair agreed to support U.S. military action if diplomacy failed.

from Commentaries:

If not Blair, who for EU Council president?

By Paul Taylor
November 4, 2009

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Within a couple of weeks, European Union leaders are going to choose the first president of the European Council now the Lisbon Treaty has finally been ratified.

Is Blair the man for the EU job?

October 27, 2009

BLAIR/Once he was regarded as an obvious front-runner for the job of EU president, then it was pointed out that it was unlikely anyone would be chosen from a country that is not in the eurozone, not in the Schengen border-free area and which has an exemption to the bloc’s charter of fundamental rights.

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Tony Blair assailed at a Palestinian mosque

October 20, 2009

tonyblairTony Blair, the Middle East envoy for the "Quartet" of powers - the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations, was assailed by a Palestinian man during a visit to a mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday.

The face of Welsh politics stands down

October 1, 2009

MORGANSome of the descriptions may have been a bit off-the-wall, but Welsh political commentators were all agreed – no other local politician has challenged Rhodri Morgan for status in recent years.