By Anthony Seldon
Tony Blair has ruled British political lifestyles for greater than a decade. Like Margaret Thatcher ahead of him, he has replaced the phrases of political debate and provoked as a lot condemnation as admiration. on the finish of his period in energy, this publication offers a wide-ranging evaluation of the achievements and screw ups of the Blair governments. Bringing jointly Britain's most outstanding teachers and commentators on British politics and society, it examines the impression of the leading Minister and his management at the equipment of presidency, fiscal and social coverage and overseas kin. Combining severe scholarship with readability and accessibility, this e-book represents the authoritative verdict at the effect of the Blair years on British politics and society.
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III Blair came to oﬃce with no experience of foreign aﬀairs. His goals were to put Britain at the heart of the EU, including British entry to the single currency, and act as a bridge between Europe and the United States. He failed on all counts. The decision to go to war with Iraq dominated the second half of his premiership and on his watch Britain was involved in more wars than under any other leader. Neither could have been anticipated in 1997. All prime ministers over time become more involved in what is happening abroad: it is a consequence of increasing globalisation and interdependence and the growth of so many inter-governmental institutions and summits of political heads of state and leaders.
Straw piloted through both a change in nomenclature (from the confusing ‘standing committee’ to the somewhat more straightforward ‘public Bill committee’) and, much more importantly, in procedure, by allowing committees to receive both oral and written evidence before they began the process of scrutinising a Bill. Straw’s reforms were still in their infancy 14 15 17 18 See Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart, ‘Parliament’, in A. Seldon and D. ), The Blair Eﬀect 2001–5 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Votes in 2006 to introduce a communications allowance and to alter the procedures for amendments to legislation were similarly also supported by the bulk of the PLP but a mere handful of opposition MPs. Other reforms and the rise of the constituency role There were three other reforms in the Commons, none of which was part of the process of modernisation per se, but all of which will have longerlasting importance than some of the more esoteric procedural reforms. 21 This was not explicitly outlined in the 1997 manifesto, although there had been a vague commitment to make PMQs ‘more eﬀective’.
Blair's Britain, 1997-2007 by Anthony Seldon