The battle for the leadership has hit new heights of bitterness. But the party’s disconnection from its working-class roots threatens its very existence
While the Tories get on with running the country, and deciding Britain’s future relationship with Europe and the true meaning of Brexit, Labour will devote the next few months – and very probably years – to the topic that has long been the all-consuming focus of its energies: itself.
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May’s speech showed Labour now faces a formidable opponent who has already placed several tanks on their lawn. Meanwhile, Labour is fighting itself
There is a reason why the Conservative party is the most electorally successful political organisation in the western world. They have an iron will to power their rivals lack – and they have just shown it once again.
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Trusting too much in their powers of persuasion, both men misunderstood Britain’s place in the world – and unleashed havoc
So painful was the loss of the city across the Channel, Mary Tudor predicted that anyone gazing upon her heart after her death would find engraved there a single word: Calais. When the day comes, we surely know what word will be etched into the heart of Tony Blair. It will be Iraq. And for David Cameron: Europe.
For both of these prime ministers – and, remember, one liked to see himself as the heir to the other – a single decision brought catastrophe. The word is not metaphorical in Blair’s case. As this week’s Chilcot report laid bare, at least 150,000 Iraqis – “and probably many more” – lost their lives following the 2003 invasion, and more than a million lost their homes, displaced and dispossessed. For Cameron, the havoc unleashed by the Brexit result is so far of the non-lethal variety. Still, the reports of hate crimes keep coming: 3,000 such incidents in England and Wales in the last two weeks of June – an increase of 43% on 2015, according to the police.
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The Chilcot report was no protester’s placard and no whitewash. It was a scathing verdict from inside the establishment
A few hours after Sir John Chilcot had published the 12-volume, 2.6m word report of his seven-year inquiry, the players of the National Theatre took to the stage for a one-off revival of Stuff Happens, the David Hare drama about the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It was a fitting gesture, for the entire day had been a kind of performance, a battlefield re-enactment – not of the Iraq war itself, with all its bloodshed and pain, but of the conflict that raged through Britain’s national life nearly a decade and a half ago.
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From the horrors of Isis and Syria to Brexit and the travails of our political parties, we still live every day with the legacy of Tony Blair’s war 13 years ago
Strange to recall now, given the disaster that eventually engulfed him, but it was always said of Tony Blair that he was a lucky politician. Lucky in his timing, rising to the Labour leadership at the very moment Britain was ready to embrace almost any alternative to a stale Tory government; lucky in the opponents he faced; lucky that the economic sun shined for his entire 10-year spell in Downing Street, the skies clouding over within weeks of him leaving office. The timing of today’s Chilcot report suggests Blair’s luck has not entirely deserted him.
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Though events are moving fast, it’s crucial to hold on to our fury at the selfishness that caused this crisis
It’s gripping, of course. Game of Thrones meets House of Cards, played out at the tempo of a binge-viewed box-set. Who could resist watching former allies wrestling for the crown, betraying each other, lying, cheating and dissembling, each new twist coming within hours of the last? And this show matters, too. Whoever wins will determine Britain’s relationship with Europe.
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When doctrine is kept distilled, pure and fervently uncontaminated by reality, it turns into zealotry
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Jonathan Freedland chairs a discussion of what happens after the vote to leave the EU, the biggest political shock for a decade
On 24 June 2016 the UK woke up to a victory for the leave campaign, a plummeting pound and the resignation of David Cameron, the prime minister.
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