What, then, to make of all of this? I don’t really know. Obviously Mr Blair isn’t a fascist, or an apologist for fascism, and the Labour Party isn’t a fascist formation. (If it were, I wouldn’t be a member.) But demi-semi fascist phrasemaking does fall easily, far too easily, from Mr Blair’s lips, and it’s … Continue reading “New Labour and Fascism, #5/5”
So, as I say, by the Spring and Summer of 1999 I was getting interested in the idea that there might be interesting and somewhat robust connections between the left-wing ideological apology for Pétainism and Mr Blair’s third way. But what happened in 2001 took me quite by surprise. On the same day as the … Continue reading “New Labour and Fascism, #4/5”
What if, despite the rhetoric, the relevant ideological ancestors for what passes for Mr Blair’s political thought aren’t the fascists themselves, but those who busied themselves making apologies for authoritarian right-wing rule in the fascist era, above all in Occupied France? This thought first struck me in the Spring of 1999, when reading Alexander De … Continue reading “New Labour and Fascism, #3/5”
A handful of rightists have been keen to emphasise the political parallels between today’s centre-left and yesteryear’s fascist right on the one hand, and today’s post-fascist right on the other. An example of each: 1. Michael Diboll wrote an article for the Spectator (27.11.1999, “Unite against the Centre”) which discussed New Labour in light of … Continue reading “New Labour and Fascism, #2/5”
Geoffrey Wheatcroft has an interesting op-ed in the Guardian today, describing some of the ways in which the rhetoric of leading politicians frequently includes characteristic fascist tropes, and he provides plenty of examples to illustrate his claims. (Harry’s not happy, and says so here.) The suggestion that Tony Blair’s New Labour has something in common … Continue reading “New Labour and Fascism, #1/5”
Over the last three days, I’ve been reading Tony Blair’s memoir, A Journey, and tweeting. Twitterfeeds can be fiddly creatures, especially since things appear in reverse order, so, for easy reading, I’ve reproduced the results below the fold in a more sensible format. Enjoy!
So, Mr Blair’s become a Catholic, and there are a billion pop explanations in play — that Blair’s keen to wallow in guilt for his disastrous foreign policy, and nobody does guilt better than Catholics (cf going straight into the Middle East job after doing so much, and in such a well-intentioned way, to bollocks … Continue reading “Tony Blair, Catholic”