Tony Blair unleashes stinging attack on ‘woke left’ and says Labour could cease to exist


ony Blair unleashed a stinging attack on the “woke left” on Wednesday warning that Labour could cease to exist and that Sir Keir Starmer is “struggling to break through with the public”.

In a devastating verdict on the state of his party in the wake of its dismal May election results, the former Prime Minister said Labour needs a “total deconstruction and reconstruction. Nothing less will do”.

Writing in the Left-leaning New Statesman, Mr Blair added: “Keir seems sensible but not radical. He lacks a compelling economic message. And the cultural message, because he is not clarifying it, is being defined by the ‘woke’ left, whose every statement gets cut-through courtesy of the right.”

Sir Keir is “struggling to break through with the public, and last week’s elections are a major setback”, continued Mr Blair, with Labour now “asking whether Keir is the right leader”.

But the ex-PM, now running the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change which has been at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19, warned that Labour “won’t revive simply by a change of leader”.

Though, noticeably, he also did not give any support in his withering essay to Sir Keir.

Highlighting what he sees as a potentially existential threat to Labour, he argued that political parties “have no divine right to exist”, and that progressive parties are facing “extinction across the Western world”.

“A progressive party seeking power which looks askance at the likes of Trevor Phillips, Sara Khan, or JK Rowling, is not going to win,” he warned.

“People are suspicious that behind the agenda of many of the culture warriors on the left lies an ideology they find alien and extreme.”



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