The man on the right is a representative of the ABC (Anybody But Corbyn) brigade. Does anybody seriously want a return to his kind of politics?

Tony Blair will not be rejoining the Parliamentary Labour Party in the near – or far – future, and it has nothing to do with Jeremy Corbyn.

The simple fact is: He would be a liability to Labour’s electoral chances.

Time has moved on since 1997; New Labour had its day and haemorrhaged followers in the process – nearly five million voters abandoned the party during the 13 years it was in office.

The electorate got sick of the silly policy of “triangulation” – adopting the ideas of the party’s political opponents, most particularly the Tories – that pushed Labour to the right wing of politics alongside the Tories and left it with no policies of its own.

The late, great Tony Benn had an excellent analogy that sums up the situation. He said some politicians are like signposts. They point in the direction they want to travel and say, “This is the way we must go!” And they are constant. Others are like weathercocks; they lick their fingers, find out which direction the political winds are blowing and follow.

Triangulation demanded that all Labour politicians became weathercocks. As a result, the party ended up wasting time, chasing other people’s policies like (to stretch the analogy) a headless chicken.

This is not the time for Labour to be chasing other parties’ policies. They don’t have any that are worth taking, in any case.

This is the time for Labour to return to its roots and stand up for everybody in the UK; be the ‘One Nation’ party the Conservatives claimed to be but weren’t – and do it right.

There is no place for Tony Blair in such an organisation.

Tony Blair will not return to the House of Commons while Jeremy Corbyn is in charge of Labour, the party leader has said.

Mr Corbyn said “nuanced differences of opinion” would prevent the former prime minister’s return to Parliamentary politics inside Labour, which he led to three successive general election victories between 1997 and 2005.

This summer Mr Corbyn backed a motion declaring his predecessor guilty of “contempt” following the release of the Chilcot Report, while Mr Blair was later reported to be mulling a comeback because he considered the Islington North MP a “nutter”.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn says Tony Blair will not return to House of Commons while he leads Labour

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