It is fascinating to see Tony Blair apparently riding to the rescue of the Miliband election machine today, supported by his wife Cherry. The family warfare between the Miliband brothers, David and Ed, was about the political direction of the Labour Party. David Miliband represented the Blairite tradition of taking the middle ground that won Labour election after election. Ed Miliband represented a lurch to the left, with a pro-union and anti-business stance offering a return to the Michael Foot era. With a little help from his union friends, Ed defeated David and seems to think he could be Prime Minister after the General Election! God help us, particularly if he has to rely on the Scottish Nationalists or the loopy Greens to deliver increasingly left-wing policies that will destroy our economy, add to our debts and grow back the client state with its dependency culture that came close to destroying this country.
Today, Blair applauds Miliband for denying the British people a referendum on European
Union membership and claims the Conservative promise of a referendum will lead to chaos and uncertainty. While he was always pro-European in his outlook, Blair must have had to hold his nose while expressing support for a Labour Leader who represents the antithesis of his Blairite reforms.
I can’t help wondering what the Labour Party had to offer him in return? It can’t have been money because they would not be able to afford Blair’s millionaire tastes! So what was it? A job from the Labour government? Ambassador to the United States? Or a role for Cherry – equalities ambassador at large?
Whatever Blair’s role, I think the Labour Party has made very clear its position on business – hostility. Miliband responded to the 100+ business leaders who wrote in support of Conservative economic policy by promising a crackdown on casual employment. Many businesses depend on casual labour to pick up on the peaks and troughs of customer demand. It is a nonsense to seek to legislate against flexible labour contracts. Ask any Italian business person if you don’t understand this.