Friday, June 16, 2006

Blair was marxist


Blair was Marxist.

A letter has been unearthed among the papers of the former Labour Leader Michael Foot, it was sent to him by a young idealistic Tony Blair.

Here are a couple of small quotes from the letter, featured in today's Times:

"Like many middle-class people I came to socialism through Marxism (to be more specific through Deutscher's biography of Trotsky)."

"Socialism ultimately must appeal to the better minds of the people. You cannot do that if you are tainted overmuch with a pragmatic period of power. The phrases that rouse us, or should rouse us, are bound to seem stale in the mouth of anyone who has been too closely entwined with the Establishment."

I wonder if the latter quote will come back to haunt him?

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The Times.

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