People are very angry at Tony Blair. This is not a new development and has been pretty much a permanent feature of UK politics since 2003.
Our former prime minister has enraged Brexit supporters by restating what everyone already knew to be his opinion, chiefly that leaving the EU is a bad idea and it should be prevented. Cue accusations that he is “elitist” and “undemocratic”.
Yet which former resident of Number 10, free of the shackles of office, has resisted the temptation to speak their mind about subjects on which they feel strongly? The Earl of Stockton, the politician formerly known as Harold Macmillan, had members of the Garrick positively spluttering over their G&Ts when, in 1985, he didn’t quite compare Mrs Thatcher’s privatisation programme to “selling the family silver”. Heath, Thatcher, Major and Brown all contributed to public debates of one sort or another once their parties...
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