Thursday 21 September 2017

His positive role in our peace process reminds us just how far Blair has fallen

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair pictured at a press conference held to respond to the Chilcot report Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair pictured at a press conference held to respond to the Chilcot report Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Don Mullan

There is a sadness shared by many in Ireland to see former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair face his greatest political challenge ever - the damning Chilcot Report.

We remember the positive role he played in the Irish peace process, leading to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. No British prime minister, before or since, has shown the level of engagement and determination that Blair displayed in helping to end decades of civil strife and to seek a solution that was not Brit-centric.

Then it all went so badly wrong. With the emergence of George W Bush as 43rd President of the United States of America in 2000, the skewing of traditional Labour values by the leader of New Labour accelerated an ideological shift to the right from which the Labour Party has never recovered.

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