UK 9 July 2013 Tony Blair on Ed Miliband's union link proposals: "I should have done it when I was leader" Former PM tells Sky News "this is big stuff and it takes a real act of leadership to do it". Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Tony Blair has given Sky News his opinion on Ed Miliband's union link proposals: I think this is a defining moment. It's bold and it's strong. It's real leadership, this. I think it's important not only in its own terms, because he's carrying through a process of reform in the Labour party that is long overdue and, frankly, probably I should have done it when I was leader. But at the same time what he's doing, and I think this is also very important for the country, is that he's sending a very strong message to the country that in the end he will do what's right, he'll govern for all the country and not simply for one section of it. This is big stuff and it takes a real act of leadership to do it. (Quote via Andrew Sparrow) › UK Central: the West Midlands sets an example for the rest of the country to follow Ed Miliband and Tony Blair. Photograph: Getty Images Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles How the Democratic National Committee Chair contest became a proxy war Sooner or later, a British university is going to go bankrupt Commons confidential: Old friend or foe?