Tony Blair Comeback: Former Prime Minister Says He’d Welcome Return
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair revealed in a recent interview that although unlikely, he would certainly welcome the idea of returning to his spot as Britain’s PM.
Blair believes that the Labour Party that he led for the better part of 13 years has the potential to have a resurgence in political power and is urging his successor to not give up on the political center ground, according to The Huffington Post.
“My advice to the Labour Party is to sort ourselves out with a strong, modern policy,” says Blair, adding that
“Ed Miliband has made a conscious decision that he is going to keep the Labour Party in the centre, and that is sensible.”
After being forced out of power in 2007 by Treasury chief Gordon Brown, Blair admits that he didn’t want to go, but felt the departure was necessary to avoid damaging confrontation with supporters of his replacement, reports BBC.
“I didn’t want to go but I felt that I had to. The only choice would have been to have fought a very bloody battle internally which I thought would damage the country as well as the party” he said.
Claiming to have grown in his leadership skills, Blair now feels that he is actually better suited to perform the duties as Prime Minister now that he has been removed from office for 5 years.
“I have learned an immense amount in the past five years. One of my regrets is that what I have learned in the last five years would have been so useful to me [as prime minister], because when you see how the world is developing you get a far clearer picture of some of the issues our country is grappling with” he says.
When asked what he thought about the idea of officially returning, Blair is quoted as saying:
“Yes, sure, but it’s not likely to happen is it, so…”
Do you think that Tony Blair would do a good job returning as Britain’s Prime Minister?